What stood out to me during my research was the simple fact that small places such as counties will not have access to good water. Once they begin to speak up and ask for a change they have deal with spending more money on water bills when their water is already affected.
What really stood out to me during this research is the problems all around the world with water and how its trying to be fixed to make it better for the people who are affected by it. I still want to know if this problem is certainly affecting these people and this country. I feel as though that a global water crisis is a environmental justice issue because people are getting sick and harmed because of the water and the stuff in the water.
Water crisis is an environmental issue since everyone isn’t getting clean and healthy water. The ones who don’t tend to be minorities and there is really an injustice going on since they are being ignored and as students who live in a city with clean water then we should try and help those who don’t by spreading awareness and talking to our politicians. What really stood out to me is that we have normalized not having clean water by now having tasks on how to get the water you have at home clean. It should not be this way and I would like to know what are some further steps we can take to better this? How can we get everyone to get free accessible water?
The information I learned through this assignment was overall really sad; so many people around the world simply don’t have what they NEED to survive. The global water crisis IS an environmental justice issue: everyone needs and deserves healthy water. “Water Crisis - Learn About The Global Water Crisis.” Water.org, water.org/our-impact/water-crisis/. “Water In Crisis - Spotlight South Africa.” The Water Project, thewaterproject.org/water-crisis/water-in-crisis-south-africa. “India Facing the 'Worst Water Crisis in Its History'.” BBC News, BBC, 15 June 2018, www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-44492994. “Water In Crisis - Spotlight Kenya.” The Water Project, thewaterproject.org/water-crisis/water-in-crisis-kenya. https://www.phila.gov/water/wu/Water%20Quality%20Reports/2017-Water-Quality-Report.pdf Laskey, Jen. “The Health Benefits of Water.” Stroke Center - EverydayHealth.com, Ziff Davis, LLC, 16 Feb. 2015, www.everydayhealth.com/water-health/water-body-health.aspx. “Where Does Water Come from?” ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 16 Feb. 2005, www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2005/02/17/2244842.htm. “What Three Forms Can Water Take?” DrinkTap.org, drinktap.org/Kids-Place/The-Story-Of-Drinking-Water/What-three-forms-can-water-take. “Competing for Clean Water Has Led to a Crisis.” National Geographic, National Geographic, 27 Jan. 2017, www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/freshwater-crisis/. Williams, Matt. “What Percent of Earth Is Water?” Universe Today, Universe Today, 31 Oct. 2016, www.universetoday.com/65588/what-percent-of-earth-is-water/. Mullen, Kimberly. “Information on Earth's Water.” NGWA: the Groundwater Association, www.ngwa.org/what-is-groundwater/About-groundwater/information-on-earths-water. Frostenson, Sarah. “America Has a Water Crisis No One Is Talking About.” Vox.com, Vox Media, 22 Mar. 2018, www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/9/15183330/america-water-crisis-affordability-millions. “Causes and Consequences of the Water Crisis.” Veterans Without Orders, veteranswithoutorders.org/problem/. “Effects of Nitrate, Phosphate, and Hydrogen Ion Concentration on Synedra Ulna: Diatoms as Indicators of Water Composition.” AMNH, www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/young-naturalist-awards/winning-essays2/2004-winning-essays/effects-of-nitrate-phospate-and-hydrogen-ion-concentration-on-synedra-ulna-diatoms-as-indicators-of-water-composition. “The Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources.” Water Footprint Calculator, 15 Nov. 2018, www.watercalculator.org/water-use/climate-change-water-resources/.
With this infographic, Our group leader Cindy discusses the effects of lead, what it does to the body, as well as who it affects the most. This infographic helps show the injustice in the environment and we put out this infographic to help expose these issues in return hoping that people will acknowledge these flaws and help improve the environment in a positive way. https://create.piktochart.com/output/33940247-aziz-2018
While reading and learning about the amount and dangers of lead have on our community it makes me worried. I am mainly worried about all of the kids in Philly who could possibly be affected by this. I have learned that lead can be in the water, paint, and the air. This makes me think and wonder if I could possibly have a high amount of lead in my body.
When it came to research on our topic which was a neighborhood I realized that many neighborhoods were facing the same exact situations without having any help or resolving. Knowing this is a problem many landlord, families, or health centers know if there hasn't been any support or any help to those who have children with lead poisoning. This was very shocking to me and let me know generations aren't worried about helping out they are just focused on business.
So my group and I decided to look at the lead levels of around our school and we saw that it was 11 which if inside a human would be really high. I want to say I’m surprised that the lead levels were high like that but to be completely honest, I can’t be. What I am wondering is how can we reduce the lead not only in our school but also in the area where our school is at?
This was very eye opening and it really showed me what our city is going through and what others are going through with this same problem. It's crazy because it's so close to home and this could happen to anyone and you really wouldn't know. It's also crazy for the people and children dealing with this and has no help. I'm also wondering what these people who have been affected are doing to help themselves.