Dr. Jill Stein will keynote at Running Into Running Out: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2014, held at the University of Oregon.
Jill Stein is a mother, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate and was the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Candidate. She has been on the front lines of battles for social, economic and environmental justice, fighting to end foreclosures and student debt, for health care and education as human rights, to stop dangerous fossil fuel and nuclear power, and to create 25 million healthy, community-based green jobs instead.
Jill was trained as a clinical doctor and served for decades as an instructor in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. She began to advocate for the environment as a human health issue in 1998, when revelations of pervasive human breast milk contamination and toxic pollution of the fetal environment first emerged. She provided medical and scientific support to groups fighting toxic exposures, environmental injustice and racism, including campaigns to shut down polluting trash incinerators while creating recycling programs, to ban toxic pesticides, to clean up coal plants, and put people to work in weatherization programs. She also helped update fish advisories in Massachusetts to better protect women and children from dangerous mercury contamination.
Jill co-authored two widely-praised scientific reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009.
Jill’s efforts to protect public health were recognized in several awards including: Clean Water Action’s Not in Anyone’s Backyard Award, the Children’s Health Hero Award, and the Toxic Action Center’s Citizen Award.