Carolyn is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. In 1982 she left a career as an archaeologist in the desert Southwest to join the environmental movement. She first worked for the Sierra Club where she addressed an array of environmental issues, including forest management, river protection, pesticide pollutants, and disposal of radioactive waste. She began working for SEHN in December 1994.
By Carolyn Raffensperger Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas energy company, plans to build an 1,100-mile underground pipeline to transport a highly volatile type of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through 17 Iowa counties en route to Illinois. It will cross multiple rivers, and transverse aquifers and lakes. Coalitions of people are coming…Read More →
By Carolyn Raffensperger The first time I realized the impact of the arts on my life as an activist was after a big loss in the Illinois legislature over public lands on Lake Michigan. At the time I was the State Field Representative for the Sierra Club. I had worked hard lobbying to oppose the…Read More →
The presentation by Carolyn Raffensperger on the community right of free, prior, and informed consent and how it might transform public health and environmental decision making is now available as an MP3 recording. To listen and see Carolyn’s slides : http://www.healthandenvironment.org/wg_calls/14352 The idea of free, prior and informed consent is deeply embedded in the science and…Read More →
By Carolyn Raffensperger 1. Individual humans have rights. 2. Individual humans are not the only ones that have rights. 3. Communities hold rights. These are rights that provide the bonds of responsibility to each other and to the place. 4. A right is not subject to economic forces or sacrificed for the greatest good for…Read More →
By Carolyn Raffensperger I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with an extraordinary group of women planning the second Women’s Congress for Future Generations slated for November 7-9, 2014 in Minneapolis Minnesota. The planning team has been holding house parties and meeting with other organizations. They have been remarkably successful in getting commitments from women…Read More →