The Flint Water Crisis is often described as one of the greatest environmental injustices of all time. The crisis began on March 2013 when the city city switched its water source to Flint River. However, due to inadequate water treatment, more than 100,000 residents were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead in the drinking water and a federal state of emergency was declared. The crisis has sparked debate on where to place the blame. A number of civilians, intellectuals, and politicians have agreed that the Flint Water Crisis is a result of the failure of the government on all levels.
I believe that so many colonists died in Jamestown between 1607 to 1611 because of the environment, the relations between the colonists and Indians, and above all the colonists’ poor choices. My first piece of evidence is the environment. The position where Jamestown is in a saltwater transition, and the document also states that because of the tides, the human waste festered, making the saltwater contaminated (Document A). Some more evidence is the lack of food abundance, making it harder to fish or hunt (Document A). Another
The essay “The Damnation of Canyon,” by Edward Abbey, channels the emotional impact that the damming of a canyon river can have on a person. By telling this story the author utilizes many different rhetorical strategies that include personification, visual imagery, and first-person narration, all to help convey his point on why the commercialization and industrialism of nature should be avoided and stopped. He not only points out the wrong in the situation, but Abbey also gives a solution to the problem to better the canyon for all people. He tells of how many of the environmental pollution, habitat loss, and commercialization could be fixed if people stopped trying to make the canyon better for some people, the rich, and just let it be enjoyed by those who want to see its natural beauty. The fastest solution to this problem is to get rid of the damn and let the river run its course.
There are also some immediate dangers associated with drinking water for children or adults. For instance, there have been outbreaks of chlorine-resistant parasites like cryptosporidium and Giardia in city water supplies. One of the largest was in Milwaukee where over 100 people died and 400,000 became sick in less than a month. These parasites can be fatal to small children. "There's no telling precisely how many Americans get sick each year from drinking bad water...I would say that the cases we learn about are the tip of the iceberg."
The natives had attacked our colony and killed 347 of our men . This started a series of attacks between us and them that lasted for the next 20 years. Finally in 1646 the fighting ceased when we captured Opechancanough and executed him . Because the native’s population numbers had dwindled due to diseases and war, they didn’t retaliate. Jamestown’s history with the natives is filled with death and misery.
In March 1617, Pocahontas got sick (possibly tuberculosis or pneumonia) and died. The mission of the New World was to convert Indians to Christianity, but the plan failed. Opechancanough soon launched an attack on the colony killing men, women, children, etc. ; they were killed in their houses, yards, gardens, and around the plantation (Horn 2005, 255). Because of Opechancanough’s attack, the colony faced another starvation period.
Every year in the spring, the Tigris and Euphrates would flood. These yearly floods would completely destroy the irrigation system the had been set up the year before. Because of this, the canals would have to be rebuilt every year after the flooding was over. It is believed that both the marshes surrounding the river and the river itself had high salt levels. This would have caused lots of build up of salt in the soil around the rivers, and may have ultimately led to the downfall of the Mesopotamian civilizations as a whole.
He was known for promoting the idea of “satyagraha” which means the firmness of truth. One of his most profound, and well known achievements is the Salt March that happened in 1930. Tens of thousands of Indians walked almost 400 kilometres with Gandhi to produce salt from their sea waters to defy the British salt tax that exploited indians. The idea came from Gandhi and was underestimated by many people including his own comrades. The whole point of the salt march was to protest laws that the British created so that Indians were not allowed to produce or sell salt leading them to having to buy salt from Britain.
Millions of people have faced with living-and-death issue due to constant use of contaminated water. Polluted water source causes the deleterious impact on the community. The common consequence is the rising rate of people at higher risk of acute and chronic diseases relating to water pollution such as dermatitis, digestive diseases, diarrhea, and cancer has risen. In several regions, patients diagnosed with cancer, gynecologic infections account for 40-50% of cases, due to polluted water sources. Polluted water and poor sanitation claim the lives of about 9,000 people per year in Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
A tsunami event that occurred in 2004 , called the Boxing Day Tsunami, displaced 1.7 million and injured half a million of souls. A total of 230,000 people were killed (Telegraph,2014). Tsunamis are giant ocean waves that are triggered by an earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. These ocean waves will grow in height as they travel inland, due to the depth of the ocean decreasing. The world responded with donations and relief efforts to countries affected which included Indonesia, Thailand, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Burma and Maldives.
The government wanted clean teeth, but instead got disease and death. The government wanted us to remain healthy and have fresh teeth with every drink of water, but we got sick and most had died yet they still continued with the fluoride. The people of America are sometimes too naïve to figure out what the government does to us, and some are actually smart enough to stand up to them and call them out on their mistakes. The main cause of death in America, when it comes to disease, is cancer. It ravages the American landscape and takes thousands of lives a year.
The Red Scare started right after the civil war was over. There had been many riots to accrue during the time of the red scare. In the term the red scare had been a form of lose to many successful people. It took at huge toll on the government as they tried to stop and contain the many job losses, but as the time went by people start to riot in the streets because the of the cuts from their jobs had really affected them. People were losing their lives and the government did all they could to try and stop it.
However, it 's not only just because of man-made reasons. The coastal marshes disappearing can also be affected by natural causes. Sediment is being deposited into a river delta increasing the weight, which causes the entire area to sink (p. 11). Depositing may sound like a positive cause, but however if the course of the sediment changes then no new sediment will continue to be deposited. Another natural cause is oceans and hurricanes.
Within the hydraulic fracking industry, millions of gallons of water are used up and more often than not, are never recovered again(Pros and Cons of Fracking). This affects the surrounding area by turning the area around into roadways for the transport trucks(Pros and Cons of Fracking), it disrupts the locals(Pros and Cons of Fracking), and the soil in the surrounding area is being tainted with chemicals(Potential Health and Environmental Effects of Hydrofracking in the Williston Basin,
The Flint Water Crisis is a state emergency in which the government decided to save money by switching over their main water source from the Detroit River, to the Flint River. This resulted in the residents of the city of Flint to be poisoned. The horrible conditions of the Flint River water caused lead to get into the water supply from the old pipes. This meant that the water was toxic with extremely elevated lead levels. Between 6,000 and 12,000 young children were exposed to drinking water with elevated lead levels in it.