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Episode 30: Carolyn Raffensperger

Jun 8th, 2021

Carolyn Raffensperger is the Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN) as well as an environmental lawyer, specialized in the fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment. Tune in to learn more about:

– Her own story from studying archeology to becoming an environmental lawyer, inspiration from Jane Goodall’s as well as her dad’s work;

– The philosophy of science and how you can prove it; 

– Her work and lessons learned while working with the Pueblo people of the Southwest US;

– The precautionary principle, which is the idea that you take action to prevent harm, even in the face of scientific uncertainty;

– About the Science and Environmental Network and their work;

– The disconnect between public health and medicine;

– Ecological medicine, the term coined by Carolyn in 2001 for a new field of inquiry and action to reconcile the care and health of ecosystems, populations, communities, and individuals;

– About her TEDx Maui talk “Becoming great ancestors”

When Carolyn talks about endocrine disruptors, she explains that “If we know enough to act, we have a moral obligation to prevent suffering”. To learn more about Carolyn’s work and the Science and Environmental Network, go to

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