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Book Launch Celebration for The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement

Monday, April 22nd, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Apr 22nd 2013

On this Earth Day, come and celebrate the release of Kate Davies' new book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive examination of the environmental health movement, which unlike mainstream environmentalism, focuses on protecting human health and well-being from toxic chemicals and other hazardous agents. By placing human health at the center of its argument, this movement has achieved many victories in community activism and legislative reform. In The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, Kate describes the movement's historical, cultural and ideological roots and analyzes its strategies and successes. By examining what works, this book provides insights into what social movements can do to advance positive social change.

Kate has been active on environmental health issues for 35 years in the United States and Canada. She is core faculty at Antioch University Seattle's Center for Creative Change and clinical associate professor at the University of Washington.

During this special Earth Day event, talk with Kate about the U.S. environmental health movement, watch a short video, enjoy drinks & snacks and engage in conversation with friends and colleagues. For information about the event, phone Kate at 206.268.4811. For directions, please call iLEAP at 206.588.5327.

If you are unable to come, the book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent booksellers and Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.

When: April 22, 2013 (Earth Day) 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Where: iLEAP Offices, Good Shepherd Center Suite 400, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N,

Seattle, WA 98103


What People are Saying

The Rise of the US Environmental Health Movement is an ambitious book in the best sense of the word. Davies seeks to synthesize a tremendous amount of information, and to begin to write history as it is happening. She has made an invaluable contribution to all those who care - or should care about what environmental contaminants are doing to us and to all life on earth. Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal and co-founder of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Health Care Without Harm and the Health and Environmental Funders Network


The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement is a well-done history of America's environmental health movement and offers readers valuable information on how grassroots organizing prevents harm from toxic exposures and leads to safe and healthy communities". Lois Marie Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment & Justice

The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement is a finely-balanced and fair-minded account of how this movement came to be and what it will take to execute the sea change we need to fully protect public health.  Elise Miller, Director and co-founder of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, founding director of the Institute for Children's Environmental Health and the Jenifer Altman FoundationKate Davies' authoritative history describes the origins and dimensions of one wing of the environmental movement. It is both generous and accurate in its portrayal of the ideas, the people, and organizations that forged the link between the environment and human health. This is the definitive guide to the story of one of the most important movements of our century.  Carolyn Raffensperger, Science and Environmental Health Network

A compelling history and an accessible guide that unravels the complexity of environmental health issues and the evolving environmental health movement and offers references and examples for how our collective and individual actions can make a healthy difference in the places where we live, work, play, and go to school. Peggy M. Shepard, Executive Director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice