Flint Water Crisis

by INeedSleep on December 14, 2017 - 8:24pm

This article talks about how lead poisoning in cities such as Chicago, Michigan, Detroit, Flint and many more. This toxic stress has become a threat to the children futures. The author goes on to say that lead is an environmental, social and economic injustice that is entirely preventable. And that in case such as Flint the injustice only widened as more time went by. The city of Flint has been the center of a known water crisis for quite some time now. Ever since the city’s water supply has been changed from the original source coming from the Great Lakes to now having the water come from the local Flint River problems started showing up. People started getting sick to the point that when their water was tested they found that it contained a dangerous amount of lead. After investigating into were the lead came from it was discovered that it came from the city’s pipes and had leached out due to the hard river water. Lead poisoning can be extremely harmful especially to children. Even a trace amount of lead in the cities water would have damaging affects on cognition and behavior. With further scientific research, we now know that even the smallest amounts of lead, and especially the first increments of exposure, can do tremendous damage. All and all there is simply no safe level. The author goes on to say how this tragedy cannot be separated from the city’s history, the city used to be an industrial one so when the economy started to crash, and plants started shutting down it experience a lot of unemployment and disinvestment. It also has its fair share of inequality, racism and injustice so much so that the city’s life expectancy is lower than neighboring cities.  Once the population proved that their water switch was the cause of the lead found in their water it became a race against time to preserve the children’s tomorrows and to do that they needed to warm people to stop drinking the toxic water. For the next eighteen months the people of Flint launched a model public health program: The Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Support systems were put in place in order to help families already badly effected by the lead poisoned water. The author then states that the city is investing in their most vulnerable victims which includes infants and children. The city hopes to serve as an example to show how a community can come together in such a crisis.  Although fixing Flint’s water crisis won’t be as simple as it seems with an estimated 60% poverty rate the medication that some children need is hard to come by. Flint may now be synonymous with usurped democracy, environmental injustice, and criminal governmental neglect which they still continue to fight today. I agree with the author when they say that what happened was completely preventable. What I find makes it worse is that it was allowed to drag out by the government. They sat by as a city was getting poisoned sending water bottle but creating no action to help or find a permeant solution. How could such an injustice be allowed to carry on for so long with positive action by the government?

 

 

Hanna-Attisha, Mona. "Flint Kids: Tragic, Resilient, and Exemplary." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 107, no. 5, 2017, pp. 651-652, Research Library, https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/docview/1903827199?accountid=44391, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303732.

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