Why should people be concerned about the Flint Water Crisis? What makes it different from any other crisis? The citizens of Flint have been poisoned by drinking lead-filled water. This occurred because governor Rick Snyder switched Flint’s main water source from Detroit, to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Due to this change in the water source, many children may not experience major health defects and have problems in the near future. The water change may have also caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county. Legionnaires’ disease has killed about ten people, and has affected seventy-seven more. Many lawsuits have been filed towards the government officials because of this issue. Jurgis and his family are having a tough
Western times and water wars (Walton, 1991) is a book of historiography and sociological interpretation of the story of Owens Valley California. At the heart of the Owens Valley story is a conflict for water, and collective actions against powerful, dominant forces. Walton covers the Owens Valley story in its entirety, from the resettlement period when the Paiutes inhabited the territory, to modern day. By detailing the one hundred plus year history, the changing sources of conflict and resistance could be explored over time.
Not only do the citizens of Flint, Michigan have contaminated water, but they also have no grocery store. A grocery would be helpful in this case because many citizens are able to balance their lead levels with proper nutrition. Many of these life-threatening problems could have easily been avoided if the state had not chose to ignore the federal law and take the problem into their own hands. The city of Flint had to act quickly on this matter because they were in a financial state of emergency. They decided to cut their supply off from Detroit’s and try to extract water from a more local area.
The Water authority had confronted the citizens on two occasions, the first, Daniel and his colleagues are digging a trench for the water to travel to their, well and homes, this time they were able to drive the authority away by approaching and vandalizing their vehicle. The police accompanied the water authority to the well, taking claim of the water well and breaking off the padlock and replace with another padlock. The indigenous women come running and pleading for the right to their well, crying out to the authorities that clean water is essential for the children. Water is required for life and is a basic human right to have access to clean drinkable water. This was the start of the social demonstrations leading to the historical Cochabamba ‘water war’ which led to the dissolution of privatization of water and deeming it to be a legalized matter pertaining to basic human rights.
Since our bodies need water to survive why would we put Native American live in danger? The government does not give them much the way it is. It seems like they constantly take things that they deserve. This Native American village is the poorest in the world. They
The Flint water crisis has been a well known life-threatening issue for nearly three years, and yet has still not been solved. The problem began in April, 2014, when the city of Flint, Michigan switched their water supply to the Flint River in order to save money. Almost immediately after the switch of water source, residents complained about the quality of water, while city and state officials denied the possibility of an issue for months. As time went by, the supply pipes had corroded and lead began making its way into the water supply, potentially endangering the Flint population, as high blood lead levels are especially harmful to children and pregnant women, and can cause “learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation,”
Even after all of these years, the different practices Native Americans do have benefited the land around them. However, with the completion of construction of the rest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, toxic spills have, and could possibly cause future soil contamination. This history is the kind of history that brings Americans, and America itself, to the most recent and most talked about dilemma: environmental decay. These toxic problems do not only effect Native Americans, but all Americans, yet there is not a constant high of disapproval within our
In the world of today, the actions of our ancestors are frowned upon and chastised, but piles of history books cannot cover the crude horrors of the people before us and the suffering they caused. Centuries ago, American soldiers drove the Navajo Indian tribe off their land to seize it for themselves. They were thrown into places with “conditions that could only be described as concentration camp-like” (Ault). The Navajo Nation, the largest of the approximately 500 Native American tribes who used to roam the lands of the United States, had to stand up to the American government over a century ago and fight to keep their land that their ancestors had held for hundreds of years (Ault).
The people of Louisiana also had the same passion to take care of the land and clean up after a huge mess had occurred in their state. In both situations the people strive to do better and have a happy end result. Also, Moore speaks about how in a community the people you know will help you in
Governor Rick Snyder caused one of the biggest disasters in Michigan. The flint water crisis. Governor Snyder switched the Flint water system which was connected to the Detroit water system to the Flint River. And right away people started noticing severe changes to their water. This was caused from the water pipes corroding and lead leaking into the water. The water that everyone uses, and that we all need to drink. The water started corroding GM’s car parts because of the flint river water. So Governor Snyder switched the GM’s water system back to the Detroit system and he left the rest of flint drinking lead contaminated water. Many people believe that Governor Rick Snyder should be recalled for many reasons.
Poverty has been a consistent problem throughout history. No matter what the median income, unemployment or overall prosperity level is, there will always be people who are in a state of poverty. Despite being one of the most prosperous countries in the world, the United States is not immune to it either. In 2010 the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center calculated that twenty-two percent of children living in the United States lived in poverty, exceeding the average fifteen percent of the overall individuals living in the United States (npc.edu). Women also are twice as likely to live in poverty then men are and even larger percentages of people living in poverty are found in minorities living in the United States.
One of the problems playing a great role in this confusing web is poverty. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of poverty is “the state of being extremely poor”. Now many people might think, “So what? Why should I care?”. Well one thing is for sure; we, people, should care.