Taking Action, Saving Lives: Our Duties to Protect Environmental and Public Health

Paperback | April 29, 2011

byKristin Shrader-frechette

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In the United States alone, industrial and agricultural toxins account for about 60,000 avoidable cancer deaths annually. Pollution-related health costs to Americans are similarly staggering: $13 billion a year from asthma, $351 billion from cardiovascular disease, and $240 billion fromoccupational disease and injury. Most troubling, children, the poor, and minorities bear the brunt of these health tragedies.Why, asks Kristin Shrader-Frechette, has the government failed to protect us, and what can we do about it? In this book, at once brilliant and accessible, Shrader-Frechette reveals how politicians, campaign contributors, and lobbyists - and their power over media, advertising, and public relations -have conspired to cover up environmental disease and death. She also shows how science and regulators themselves are frequently "captured" by well-funded polluters and special interests. But most important, the author puts both the blame - and the solution - on the shoulders of ordinary citizens.She argues that everyone, especially in a democracy, has a duty to help prevent avoidable environmental deaths, to remain informed about, and involved in, public-health and environmental decision-making. Toward this end, she outlines specific, concrete ways in which people can contribute tolife-saving reforms, many of them building on recommendations of the American Public Health Association. As disturbing as it is, Shrader-Frechette's message is ultimately hopeful. Calling for a new "democratic revolution," she reminds us that while only a fraction of the early colonists supported the American Revolution, that tiny group managed to change the world. Her book embodies the conviction thatwe can do the same for environmental health, particularly if citizens become the change they seek.

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In the United States alone, industrial and agricultural toxins account for about 60,000 avoidable cancer deaths annually. Pollution-related health costs to Americans are similarly staggering: $13 billion a year from asthma, $351 billion from cardiovascular disease, and $240 billion fromoccupational disease and injury. Most troubling, c...

Kristin Shrader-Frechette is O'Neill Family Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy (OUP 2002).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199767246

ISBN - 13:9780199767243

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Table of Contents

1. Lives at Risk2. Orchestrating Ignorance, Ignoring Consent3. Private Science, Public Inquiry4. Human Rights and Duties Not to Harm5. Obstacles to Responsibility6. Where We Go from HereNotesIndex