Love Canal: and the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement

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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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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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"What I knew of the environmental disaster was taken from books, newspaper and magazine articles and, above all, the courageous first-person accounts by a housewife/mother/survivor of the Love Canal disaster, Lois Marie Gibbs. Her Love Canal: My Story appeared in 1982, after a lengthy siege of legal activism on the part of Mrs. Gibbs and others. How brave they were, to combat such high-placed, wealthy, and conscienceless adversaries!"
(Joyce Carol Oates author of The Falls, The Tattooed Girl, and Little Bird of Heaven)

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