At PAN, we've been big fans of our friend and ally Sandra Steingraber, so it came as no surprise when we saw that Utne Reader had just named Sandra one of 25 "Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in its November-December issue.
As a two-time cancer survivor and PhD biologist with a Master's degree in poetry, Sandra's voice is a uniquely eloquent and powerful one in the public discourse on cancer. While many mainstream scientific and cancer advocacy communities remain focused on finding a cure for cancer and/or preoccupied with exploring genetic risk factors, Sandra is a leader among those talking about preventing cancer before it starts by exploring its environmental triggers. Hers is a hopeful message because while we can't do anything about our genes, we can do something about the carcinogens we put into our environment.
If you haven't yet come across Sandra's work, check out her book Living Downstream which was recently made into a movie.