People all over the country over the past few months have heard a lot about the hazardous lead levels in the Flint water, with the numerous news specials and articles spreading the news near and far; but these have only hit the tip of the iceberg. The Flint Water Crisis has not only affected an entire community of people, but the whole world of environmental politics. So how does one contribute to the cause?
Though the city has stopped using the Flint water as their main source of drinking water, there are other issues affecting the people of Flint. Because the people were exposed to the high levels of lead for such a long time, there is evidence and on-going investigation to show that some internal defects have been occurring and could have been developed (i.e., Legionnaire’s Disease). Financially supporting the health and statistical research for understanding the damages caused by the water is a great way to contribute to the cause.
Another great way to help out is to organize bottled water drives. Through long exposure to the water, and other infrastructure issues such as in-house pipes with high lead concentrations, there are still issues WITH the water and their vessels that have not been addressed by the city. Because of this, the people of Flint are not getting the right water to sustain their health. Thus, large quantities of bottled water donations can assist people all over the city, giving people the right type of supply for water. It may not be the permanent solution, as these supplies can run thin over time, but it is a type of donation appreciated at this time.
For those interested in more permanent solutions to this hard issue, write to Rick Snyder, the Governor of Michigan. Petition to Congress for more permanent legislation to protect the rights of the victims and to make sure something like this does not happen again. Be the change you wish to see in the world; make that change happen in Flint.