The impact of high levels of lead in public water sources is an ongoing crisis by the works of the environmental organizations who oversee specific laws and regulations for public water supply. I have put myself in the shoes of those families affected by the Flint crisis, and only feel heartbreak. The severe consequence of lead poising is something no human being should have to experience. Analyzing environmental racism in Flint opened my eyes to the cruel world we live in, where the health of the general population no longer matters when you are not an upper/middle class white citizen. I truly hope that by bringing this form of racism into light, people may see what occurs in predominantly black neighborhoods, like Flint.
People are impacted by the environment in many different ways.Some people are affected by environmental racism and it takes a toll on their health and living conditions. Environmental racism is something that affects people in various ways in their community.People in industrialized areas are negatively affected by environmental racism. According to the article, the “University of Central Florida, Professor Elliot Vites examined which ZIP codes in the state...found places...storage facilities and sewage treatment plans.” The professor used ZIP codes to see where environmental racism happens the most due to where they place factories and plants. “President Clinton signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to develop “environmental
Furthermore, Ellis he states that “environmental racism is caused by several factors such as intentional neglect… and a lack of institutional power and low land values of people of color.” The individuals most affected by the Flint Water Crisis were poor African Americans who had “a lack of institutional power” due to the law that Martelle claims that “undermined democracy” or took away decision-making power from elected officials/representatives once an emergency manager was appointed. The opinion article by the New York Times
Although the condition seems much improved, consumers don’t know the true fact- “Today, American citizens simply cannot know the working conditions of the factories that make the products they buy. We cannot know how the chemicals, tools, and technologies in these workplaces affect workers.”(In the Global Apparel Industry, Abusive and Deadly Working Conditions Are Still the Norm)-many workers have to inhale harmful gases, face dangerous situation everyday. More, reports indicate that women make up the vast majority of the workforce, but men make up the supervisors, which is the same as what happened in the Gilded Age. “The darker side of the growing population in cities was racial tension and
This is a kind of environmental discrimination based on the poverty because this area is one of the poorest areas in the whole country. The government would think that the people will just bear this situation and do nothing to resist. This kind of environmental discrimination will make the environment of the area where is bing polluted become worse and worse. The quailty of the residents who live there will reduce. People might move out of that area, the government will settle more hazardous facilities to that area.
In my area there has an escalated amount of pollution. The amount of pollution has affected the protected wildlife areas and parks. Polluted rivers are killing the wildlife, and animals are in danger because of the heavy amounts of pollution. A lot of people aren 't properly recycling their waste and that affects the environment, and the wildlife living in it, greatly. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been trying to raise awareness around pollution since 1967.
Chemicals around the world are affecting low income people because of Environmental racism. A Lot of people are being deeply affected by this movement. For Example,“Environmental Justice” this article i read on pollution quote on quote said that Negro and White residents were limited to districts in their neighborhoods. Minorities have been placed in separate areas for a long time period and have been limited to resources due to low income, toxic waste and no help. These neighborhoods are being dumped with waste that no one wants from garbage sites within walking distance of their homes “garbage transfer stations that nobody had wanted near the black and Harlem neighborhoods dumped waste”.
This has allowed for environmental hazards to be ignored, causing the problems we are only now seeing. While the products provided by this industry are critical in most instances, doing things like saving lives and helping with mental health, the way this system is structured needs to change. This is apparent from our research, showing the severity and implications of this contamination. The fault does not only fall on the pharmaceutical companies; hospitals, drug stores, our government, and even us as consumers are at fault. Our government has some regulations for how these should be disposed of by hospitals and individuals, but these are not enforced.
However, it particularly damaged New Orleans, due to its poor infrastructure and unfortunate geographical location. However, the main complication that had a negative influence on the effects of hurricane Katrina was the poor response of the government. The hurricane has been the cause for many economical, environmental and political problems and is affecting the city up until today.
Background Smoking is a deadly habit affecting the health of many globally, nationally, and locally. Smoking has immense negative health repercussions, reducing life expectancy by at least ten years compared to nonsmokers (CDC, 2016). Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals, including tars, carcinogens, metals, and other toxins that cause harm. The carcinogens inhaled, are then freely transferred from the lungs to the bloodstream, which may cause various cancers (Peterken, 2014). Additionally, many constitutes of cigarette smoke is absorbed into the saliva and swallowed, which leads to various negative topical effects on the gastric mucosa.
Some people argue that natural gases are environmentally safer because they don 't emit as many harmful chemicals as similar oil products (Loris). However, these people don 't understand or have never been informed of the chemicals that are being forced into the ground water systems right below their very feet. New York is trying to implement new hydraulic fracturing regulations that would allow companies to drill an estimated 48,000 gas wells.Some people argue that New York will use these regulations to benefit both the environment and the economy. In reality, both will suffer if the hydraulic fracturing is used. A recent study by Duke University helped to show the negative affect that drinking water wells near hydrofracking sites have 17 times more methane than wells not located near fracking.
Each year, 48 million food and water borne illnesses will sicken the United States inhabitants, and an additional 3,000 people will die from those illnesses. Food and water safety is crucial to the public because it directly affects people’s health, and without good hygiene diseases will spread quickly. It is also important to point out that many people live in conditions where they do not have access to resources necessary for human survival, and these are the ones that need the most assistance. For many, it is due to the carelessness of food and water distributors and lack of government intervention. For example, the Flint Michigan Water Crisis, a completely preventable occurrence.
These companies release toxic fumes into the air we breathe, and in some cases dump toxic waste into lakes and rivers directly affecting the environment, aiding to poor air quality and toxic water. According to the EPA Sumner County ranks between the 80-90% bracket for being the dirtiest/worst for having water sources with impaired or threatened uses. With the high levels of metals in the environment it is an environmental injustice. Not only are humans affected by toxic pollutants, these chemicals also pollute the homes of many fish and birds that claim home to the lakes and rivers of Sumner County. We have to make sure our fish and birds live in clean water so they can promote diversity in the
The Tragedy of the Commons was first illustrated in 1968, by Garrett Hardin, which describes how shared environmental resources are overused and depleted as time passes. The Tragedy of Commons focuses on how individuals decisions and actions can lead to environmental ruin. One example that illustrates the Tragedy of the Commons is the groundwater of Los Angeles and the drought (water conservation). Today, California is experiencing a drought and we are limited to the amount of water we use on a daily basis. The drought has affected California in many different ways, for example, managing the water systems in California, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and streams and river flows diminish.
Environmental racism or discrimination is placing low income families in polluted areas. In 1970, the Mothers of East Los Angeles and Chicago’s People for Community Recovery, sensed that there was an unbalance of forcing minorities and the poor to toxic surroundings. This treatment has been around for years now starting with it being one of the premier civil rights and environmental issues in the year 1990. (Boerner, 1995). There was an evident link between the poor and minorities being forced to reside in contaminated space.