By Colin Bock
As many of you know, there is a current tragedy unfolding in Flint, Michigan, where the majority of a once prosperous population is struggling to find a clean water source.
Flint,the former capital of the automotive world, is currently declining in population. Their population shrunk from 140,000 in 1990 to just a hair under 100,000 in 2013. But for the 100,000 residents who are proud to call Flint their home, they are without the human necessity of clean drinking water.
Flint is one of the most poverty-ridden cities in the United States at the moment with an astounding 41.5% of the population living below the poverty line. And with extremely underdeveloped water filtration systems, that poverty level will rise tremendously, and the entire city will suffer more and more.
OES Dig Advisor and former Flint resident Kara Tambellini believes that “Flint is a prime example of how our country has decided to treat poor people.” The country has displayed minimal interest in the current issue, and in addition, a great portion of our population is completely unaware of the fact that the residents of Flint have to down brown, lead and sulfur-contaminated water that jeopardizes their health.
Our country is far too centered on current political issues such as the presidential elections of 2016 to even lift a finger to help the residents of Flint, and this appalls me. The fact that people in our country are unable to drink and live on clean water is inconceivable. For all our military advancements and investments, it still baffles me that none of this money is spent on improving plumbing and irrigation for city of Flint.
Overall, the city of Flint has not seen the light that it once did back before the water crisis, and this is overall very painful to see. While the country refuses to take action, only we can strive to make a difference. As OESians, we have the power for good to make a difference in the world, and this is another opportunity. Every bit of assistance helps.