The Ongoing Water Crisis In Flint Is Black Genocide

The Ongoing Water Crisis In Flint Is Black Genocide

And Governor Snyder should be in prison.


It has been over 1,600 days and Flint, Michigan still does not have clean water.

And the contaminated waters effects will damage lives for a lifetime.

On April 25, 2014, Flint, Michigan switched from water purchased from the City of Detroit to water pumped from the Flint River. This was Governor Snyder's way to save money. I'm sure he could have just cut his salary, but that's neither here nor there. It wasn't long before people began complaining about the waters poor quality.

In October 2014 General Motors took its local auto plant off of the Flint water. According to them, the water was corroding engine parts. That January, the state office building had filtered water coolers installed to improve the water quality.

Shortly after that, it was found out that in addition to disease-causing bacteria and carcinogens, the Flint water was loaded with lead.

The levels of lead were 13,000 parts per billion. According to professor Marc Edwards, an internationally recognized water safety expert at Virginia Tech University, "If one glass of that water was ingested, that could hospitalize a child."

On Sept. 24, 2015, A group of doctors urged Flint to stop using the Flint River for water after finding high levels of lead in Flint children. They were dismissed as state regulators insisted the water is safe.

And then on June 14, 2017, it Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon was accused of failing to alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area.

Almost 5 years later, Flint, Michigan is still dealing with contaminated and poisonous water and its long-term effects.

The local government in Flint, Michigan decided that the people living in the communities they were charged in taking care of were so unimportant and disposable that they forced them to drink water so contaminated that it corroded car engines. Let that sink in. And make no mistake, this was not an oversight or an accident. After so many complaints, they decided that the water wasn't good enough for them to drink, which is why the installed filters in their state building, but purposely continued to let these communities of color use this water. Pregnant women and children drank and bathed in this water for years.

Lead-contaminated water leads to anemia, slowed growth, and hearing problems in young children. For pregnant women it causes underdeveloped fetuses and premature births.

And now, 5 years later researchers from the University of Kansas and West Virginia University have said that the lead-contaminated water in Flint may be linked to higher fetal death rates and lower fertility rates in Flint. They have said that fertility rates had decreased by 12%, while fetal death rates increased by 58%.

How long will it be before we call this as it is? The local government knowingly poisoned an entire black community, and have continued to deny it while making minimal efforts to fix the water supply. Officially 12 people have died from Legionnaire, and 119 from pneumonia, but many think the death toll connected to the water may be way higher. Add in the fetal death rates and lower fertility rates ... this is black genocide.

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3 Easy Things You Can Do To Help The Planet

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle. It's as simple as that.

Climate Change is REAL. We cause so much damage to the planet and people don't even realize it. It really is horrendous. However, if each individual really does do a little bit just to help the planet, it can have a collective and large impact our planet positively.

Here are three of the simplest ways to go green and help reduce negative effects on the environment, and they are the three R's:

1. Reduce

Conceive Energy Future group gives us simple ways to reduce waste and even saves you money. For instance, you can reuse scrap paper, get tablecloths instead of napkins, avoid using disposable items such as plates and cups, avoid buying items that are overpackaged-- the list is endless. Overall, reducing can decrease waste and unnecessary items being thrown away.

2. Reuse

Learning to reuse something is a great way to reduce waste. According to Conceive Energy Future, this can range from using scrap paper to take notes, using old mugs to put paint in, reusing a store-bought water bottle instead of plastic, using newspapers to pack items-- again the list is endless. Instead of throwing out items that are still in good shape, consider donating them to charity and people who may actually be interested in keeping them. I have friends who love when I give them shirts that I no longer wish to keep. This not only saves them money but keeps them from wasting money on unnecessary clothes. When you learn to reuse, you will again decrease waste.

3. Recycle

According to Conceive Energy Future, "to recycle something means that it will be transformed again into a raw material that can be shaped into a new item." In other words, something can be used for something else. There are certain items that can and cannot be recycled that people confuse. What you should buy are products that can be recycled such as glass jars and lightbulbs. You can always recycle items yourself such as using scrap paper for an art project or for printing. Many items that can be recycled will have the recycling symbol on them. Buying products that are also environmentally friendly and are less hazardous can determine if it can be recycled and reduce harm to the environment. When you take the time to recycle, you can once again, reduce waste in the environment.

The overall theme here is that if you reduce, reuse, and recycle, you can decrease the amount of waste affecting the environment which causes pollution, global warming, climate change, and sicknesses. Again the list goes on. I hope you will take the time to do at least one or all of the three "R's" to make the planet more cleaner, healthier and greener. This is our planet and we need to take care of it.

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Solving Climate Change Is The Key To Solving Poverty

Two insurmountable problems, one solution.


It is rare that anything happens in a vacuum. Even more than most things, poverty is intertwined with a number of other issues facing our society. One issue you may not have connected to poverty though is climate change. For one thing, "extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy." This has to be done though without increasing and preferably reducing pollution, and carbon emissions.

This is easier said than done when "achieving universal electricity access by 2030 would result in only a 2% increase in global emissions." This is why the "rhetorical link the UN is making between anti-poverty and anti-climate " is important "it will push the environmental movement to focus its efforts where they should always have been - on wind and solar – and to make sure that the cost of new technology is borne by those who can afford it."

With both poverty and climate change being such major problems they can appear insurmountable, but they can even be tackled together. One of the best ways to reduce poverty is with jobs, and "solar and wind jobs have grown at rates of about 20% annually in recent years, and sustainability now collectively represents four to four and a half million jobs in the U.S., up from 3.4 million in 2011."

With this, we need to focus on how to help green energy businesses. Where to start? Well, currently "a total of $20.5 billion annually in corporate welfare" goes to fossil fuels, "how does this compare to renewable energy subsidies? In terms of permanent tax expenditures, fossil fuels beat renewables by a 7-1 margin."

An investment in renewable energy could both help us create jobs, and reduce carbon emissions. You might be thinking "what about the jobs we'd lose in reducing the fossil fuel? Wouldn't that pretty much just balance this whole thing out?" The thing is, the jobs are in renewables, not fossil fuel.

With all that the answer becomes apparent. We can increase jobs, reduce emissions, and help alleviate poverty and climate change. It's a win-win situation, and all it would take is altering where we send our funds.

If you would like to learn more about it than you can look at the UN's plan, and the World Bank's thoughts on the issue.

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