There is a crisis in my home state. I see national news coverage of the Flint water catastrophe, and I shake my head. How is it that we live in a first world country, yet have problems with something as basic as clean drinking water?
The answer is twofold.
- Those in power don’t give a fuck about their constituents. Why should they? They don’t live in Flint, and their families aren’t drinking contaminated water, so it doesn’t affect them.
- Greed, that other little green monster. The cheaper politicians can get water treated, the better it looks when it comes to elections. I bring up elections because once again, it’s not about the people who vote these officials into office. It’s about the money and status that comes with it.
The problem is that people just don’t care. Is the water contaminated? Oh well, it doesn’t affect me, so it’s not my problem. It’s that apathy that running this country into the ground.
What can we do about this?
- We can demand that those politicians face criminal charges for their crimes. The last time I checked, poisoning someone was a criminal act.
- Vote for someone who has a track record of doing great in your community. If you vote someone in, and they prove otherwise, vote them out.
- I’d say sue Genessee County or Flint City, but the problem is Flint is a poor city. It’s not on the same level as Detroit, but it doesn’t have the money to support a lawsuit of this caliber. So, what else can you do? How about building up your community, organizing events that bring awareness to trouble spots.
- Make it a law that the politicians who serve the community, actually LIVE in that community. They will be vigilant if things affect them first-hand.
One thing is for certain, there is no easy fix and the effects of this tainted water will take years to surface and our children will be the ones that will continue to clean up a mess that wasn’t even theirs to begin with.