Love Canal: and the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement

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Island Press, Feb 14, 2011 - History - 248 pages
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Today, “Love Canal” is synonymous with the struggle for environmental health and justice. But in 1972, when Lois Gibbs moved there with her husband and new baby, it was simply a modest neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York. How did this community become the poster child for toxic disasters? How did Gibbs and her neighbors start a national movement that continues to this day? What do their efforts teach us about current environmental health threats and how to prevent them? Love Canal is Gibbs’ original account of the landmark case, now updated with insights gained over three decades.
 

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Contents

The Growth of a Powerful New Environmental Health Movement
1
The Problem at Love Canal
19
The Swale Theory
67
The Killing Ground
125
The Motel People
150
Still Studying the Problem
188
Afterword
203
Acknowledgments
221
About the Author
225
Index
227
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Lois Gibbs is the Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment,and Justice. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Goldman Environmental Prize and The Heinz Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A frequent public speaker, Gibbs has appeared on 60 Minutes, 20/20, Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, and many other television and radio programs.

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