Books and Multimedia Resources

Books

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival?
Theo Colburn et al.

Synthetic chemicals are now linked to reproductive problems, neurological and developmental disorders in children, the abnormal functioning of the thyroid, endocrine and immune system and mental and emotional development. Eighty thousand chemicals have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency in the last 60 years; 20 new chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial detergents and household cleaners, enter the market every week. Few are properly tested.

Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
Sandra Steingraber

Writing as a survivor and concerned scientist, the author traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in Illinois and shows similar correlation in other communities. A compelling blend of scientific research and gripping memoir.

Protecting Public Health & the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle
Carolyn Raffensperger

A collection of articles first presented at the Wingspread Conference in 1998 in which the term “precautionary principle” was first articulated. The authors discuss how this principle, representing the Hippocratic promise to “first, do no harm,” can influence environmental policy, law and corporate behavior.

And God Saw That It Was Good: Catholic Theology and the Environment
Drew Christiansen, S.J. and Walter Grazer (Eds.)

This collection addresses the need for religious believers to approach environmental issues from a theological and pastoral foundation rising from religious tradition.

Audio/Visual/Interactive Resources

A Civil Action
Universal, 1998

John Travolta plays a civil lawyer involved in a decade-long case in a Massachusetts town where two wells supplying water are found to be contaminated with industrial solvents, the reason for the unusually high rate of leukemia among local children.

Erin Brockovich
Universal, 2000

Julia Roberts stars in this true story of Erin Brockovich, a single mother of three who, after losing a personal injury lawsuit, asks her lawyer to help her find a job. While working as a file clerk in his office, she discovers a systematic cover-up of the industrial poisoning of the city’s water supply, which threatens the health of the entire community.

The Story of Stuff
Free Range Studios, 2007

A fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.