Living Downstream at Watkins Glen, May 1, 2012 Sandra Steingraber speaks & film showing

Local Groups Will Host Film and Discussion on Responsible Planning at Glen Theater on Tuesday, May 1st at 7PM

Community leaders and residents are invited to a special event screening and Watkins Glen premiere of Living Downstream, a documentary film based on the acclaimed book by Trumansburg author, ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. She has taught biology at Columbia College in Chicago, held visiting fellowships at the University of Illinois, Radcliffe/Harvard, and Northeastern University, and served on President Clintons National Action Plan on Breast Cancer. Dr. Steingraber is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca. At the May 1st event she will be giving a talk and be available for book signing.

With Schuyler County and surrounding towns reviewing their comprehensive plans, many local citizen groups are asking community decision-makers and citizens to be mindful of the impact heavy industry will have on the Finger Lakes region. The Finger Lakes Sierra Club Group and Gas Free Seneca are co-sponsoring an event with Finger Lakes Bioneers to foster learning and communication within the region regarding heavy industry and what it means to be “Living Downstream.”

The film is being shown as part of a regional film series organized by Finger Lakes Bioneers, a program of Sustainable Tompkins. “We’ve been partnering with local groups since last fall,” said Nick Vaczek, the series coordinator, “and we’ve found that people really enjoy watching films on challenging issues and innovative solutions, especially when that’s followed by a chance to discuss how that connects to hometown endeavors.” More details about the film series are at

Dr. Steingraber has a strong bond with Watkins Glen. Her son, Elijah, was born in Seneca Lake water. Steingraber will attend the screening and make a short presentation, answer questions, and do a book signing. Community leaders and decision-makers throughout the region have been personally invited to attend.

Our region faces economic and environmental challenges. The area is being considered for hydrofracking, gas storage and transport, and frack-related industry. We need to be informed, to learn together, and to work together to formulate a vision for the future of the region, said Yvonne Taylor, co-founder of Gas Free Seneca. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to engage in a respectful, open dialogue about the connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.

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