This week a public health emergency was declared in Flint, MI. Finally. Although residents have been complaining for over a year that their water was tainted (dirty, smelly, and full of particles), only now has it been recognized by local city officials and Michigan’s Governor and getting the attention of federal agencies. Flint began using the Flint River as its water source in April 2014 believing that the city could save millions of dollars from disconnecting from the Detroit water system. The Flint River solution was a temporary one until the city could connect to the Karegnondi Water Authority in 2016 which pulls water from Lake Huron. Maybe they could have waited until that was completed? Maybe the engineers and planners could have checked the pipes before they made the break? Maybe a water sampling could have been part of the plan?
More importantly, why were these residents ignored for so long? Why were their concerns and petitions denied for so long? Is a poor city less important to our society? Are the lead levels in their children’s bodies not a concern? Why did it take a doctor to reveal that yes, after a year of being exposed to this dirty water, the children do have a spike in their blood lead levels?
When an automotive manufacturer is held responsible for a design defect that may cause your car to maybe exhibit a dangerous feature under exactly the right mix of conditions, it gets federal attention. When a violent person takes the innocent lives of students in our schools, the media jumps all over it. But the slow poisoning of our state’s children isn’t even recognized until these 100,000 residents endure over a year’s worth of exposure. Is the slower poisoning of people more tolerable?
Where is the red cross with their emergency water supply, where are the officials with an immediate remedy, why isn’t the water immediately reconnected to the old supply as soon as an issue is revealed? Why is everyone ignoring the issue for so long? I’m positive, that this would never have gone on so long in one of Michigan’s wealthier cities.
So now that we are addressing the situation, let’s had out filters that are certified to “reduce” lead. Not remove lead, reduce lead. Would you drink this water? Fix this now!
Okay, I love the Earth. Now What?
By Emilia Jae
So I had a friend tell me that his wife had discovered this product, this business, that was amazing! It allows the user to just use water and a cloth. This will clean everything AND pick up all bacteria AND will make all the bacteria go away AND replace all the products I've purchased for making my home a cleaner place. Normally I would smile, say "that's great!" and wish them luck with their good fortune. Secretly thinking: "what a sucker!" However, the source mattered in this case. He is a high school physics teacher who also happens to be a skeptic in general. And his wife is a biology teacher who does not suffer fools. Okay…tell me about this product.
Long story short – I had the product party, purchased some of the cloths and rejoiced when my friends, daughter and neighbors expressed the same excitement the biology teacher/product presenter showed. Better yet – there have been non biased tests demonstrating that this stuff works!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbpfU5C_DvM
Now the products sit in a box in my living room. Why?
Because I am a creature of habit.
I like when the soap suds up. I like the smell of the ammonia or bleach or dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. I like to KNOW stuff is clean. How can I let go of my poisons? Seriously.
Well, my daughter visited after the delivery. She excited went through the box and showed me all the ways to use the various products. "Look Mom! You can throw away the Clorox crap now! You don't have to clean your face with those throw away wipes!"
Yep – the generation gap reared its ugly head.
Well, the girl has at least gotten me started. I am attempting to squelch the need for suds and noxious odors. I am using the cloths in the bathroom and kitchen. The need for those sense-stimulating byproducts are a result of marketing. We have been TOLD that those are necessary or we are killing our children. At least that's how I felt. Feel?
Like all habits, this one will take time. Today I will use environmentally safe cloths. Tomorrow? Who knows.
I love you Mamma Earth. Sorry this child is taking so long in showing you