In the city of Philadelphia, there is a critical situation happening below the citizens nose. in the article “City ignores thousands of poison kids” talks about the Dangers lurking Within our drinking water. This is something that hasn't been report it lately. This is a problem that no one really knows about. Just a couple months ago and Flint Michigan there was a spike in lead with in the drinking water. The water was contaminated so bad that they were forced to find a new and healthier water system to drink from. it was all over the news and everyone know about it. But as I said earlier that's not the case with Philadelphia. Philadelphia is one of the top cities in the country that deals with children being poisoned with blood. 2700 kids were diagnosed with high levels of lead end the past year. There are groups that are trying to help the situation but with the 3 million dollar cut In federal funding and the nine million dollar cut in the programs plus possessions that had to be cut it hasn't been easy.
After both reading the Toxic city article and completing this infographic one that really surprised me is that I never heard of the high toxic levels or the lead poising concerns after living in Philadelphia for over 17 years. I was very shocked when I found this out and this just made me more aware and geared me to stay active on whats going on in my community.
What stood out to me from learning about this topic is how late I am learning about this? Why did it need a 5 or 6 years old go through what he went through because of lead poisoning in order for a message to be sent because of lead poisoning? This article is a pretty interesting article that has a great message behind it. What also stood out to me is how high the lead rates are in a certain area in Philadelphia.
Something that stood out to me from the reading as well as working on a project about lead poisoning in Philadelphia was the fact that this is an issue in Philadelphia. Before reading the article I had no clue that Philadelphia had an issue with lead poisoning. Something else that stood out to me was how only the children were being affected by the lead poisoning, I then learned that this was the case because children's immune systems aren't as developed as adults , also that children were in taking chips of paint leading to the lead poisoning. I was wondering if any adults were really affected and is there anything to help remove the poisoning from the human body after partial damage is already done to the systems.
https://create.piktochart.com/output/25968913-toxic-in-philadelphia The major problem is the lead poisoning issue The pollutant comes from houses that were built before the 1978 lead paint ban, Because the houses back then were painted with lead those same houses now find families trapped in toxic houses.People buy these old houses because they are more affordable not knowing that the paint is made from lead I feel like this whole article was really informative as a Philadelphian im pretty sure the poverty rate and lead poisoning rate whent down but the whole poverty thing is still an issue today .The last issue i want to talk about is the whole problem that the lead in the paint cause some children to get brain damage as well . Other than the obvious it lowered some childrens IQ Sources https://philly.curbed.com/2017/9/14/16307258/philadelphia-poverty-rate-versus-major-cities
I think our environment is not environmentally just because we still have these old buildings that have lead and the old park buildings too and how it is harmful to kids. This itself destroying our community and little to no one trying to prevent the cause of lead poisoning.