Visionary Science, Ethics, Law and Action in the Public Interest


  1. Moral Injuries and the Environment: Healing the Soul Wounds of the Body Politic


    By Carolyn Raffensperger I have a hypothesis about the lack of public support for environmental action. I suspect that many people suffer from a sense of moral failure over environmental matters. They know that we are in deep trouble, that their actions are part of it, but there is so little they or anyone can…Read More →

  2. A Women’s Congress for Future Generations: Women’s Voices as an Ecological Matter


    By Carolyn Raffensperger In almost every field of influence in the United States men hold more positions of power and often by significant percentage points. Women’s voices are silenced in most political spheres. The question is what difference does that make? On occasion I have been told that I should take a back seat to…Read More →

  3. Wisdom Sits Here: Learning from a Ravaged Land


    By Carolyn Raffensperger Fukushima, Love Canal, Hanford Washington, Chernobyl, Bhobal. These names represent catastrophes that will linger torpid and toxic for thousands of years. Recently I added another name to this list, the Canadian Giant Mine in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. A year ago I was invited to draft the principles of perpetual care for the…Read More →

  4. Preventing Babies’ Suffering: Honoring Father’s Day


    By Carolyn Raffensperger This morning’s news carried this headline  “Atrazine link? Doctor sees ‘ominous trends,’ but no proof”. The story is about the link between an herbicide called atrazine and a birth defect called gastroschisis. Babies conceived in the spring near corn fields sprayed with atrazine are more likely to be born with this defect…Read More →