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Blogs from the Field

Follow our bloggers as they actively engage in issues related to environmental health. Both personal and professional, these blogs capture the successes, challenges, and learnings that come from this work.

Chanda Chevannes

Adventures in Outreach

Living Downstream filmmaker Chanda Chevannes blogs about her experiences while working to get the word out about the film. Chanda has three simple goals: to ensure that Living Downstream is seen, used, and has an impact. Join Chanda on her adventures in outreach as she tries to realize these goals.

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Chanda Chevannes is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She specializes in complex, multi-layered films that are both artistic and socially meaningful. Chanda believes in the power of film to inspire positive change in the world.


Judy’s Journey

Judy has been fighting breast cancer this year. Her blog begins with her email to friends during her diagnosis, and takes us on her journey through her surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Throughout the journey Judy candidly expresses her positive fighting spirit and her passion to see an end to cancer in this world.

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Judy is the mother of three grown daughters and has been an organic farmer, teacher and office manager. Judy became active in the environmental movement in 1989, and has shared her knowledge of composting, waste reduction, and organic growing for 20 years.

Liz Armstrong

Alternative Paths

As Sandra Steingraber says, "It is time to start pursuing alternative paths." Learn along with Liz Armstrong as she meets some of the outstanding activists on both sides of the Canada-US border who have made their homes, schools, workplaces – and the world at large – safer, healthier, less toxic places.

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In 1989, Liz Armstrong got off the eco sidelines and became active in a variety of environmental issues. Her main interest over the past twenty years has been cancer prevention. Liz is co-author of the 2007 book, Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic, and co-founder of two national organizations, Prevent Cancer Now and The Cancer Prevention Challenge.

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