Flint Today: Struggle and Community
Just about a year after their crisis of contaminated water was declared a federal emergency, the people of Flint, Michigan are still living in a kind of limbo, unsure about the safety of much of their water, and suspicious of their government representatives. However, the daily urgency of their situation has created a growing web of community alliances which seem to have strengthened the resolve to survive.
Register here for “Not Just Flint: Water Crises and Inequality in the United States” on February 4, a free event at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and at Partner Sites via webcast across the country.
Five Voices from Flint
In preparation for the theological conference TI2017 “Water Justice” in March, Trinity Church Wall Street will present “Not Just Flint: Water Crises and Inequality in the United States” on February 4 which you can attend in New York City or watch online at Partner Sites across the country. Recovery from the crisis in Flint caused by contaminated drinking water is ongoing, as we hear in the comments of five people who are experiencing it first-hand.
An Old Idea is New Again: Water Fountains
In the United States each year, consumption of bottled water averages 30 gallons per person, and increases ten percent a year, even though plastic bottles are an environmental hazard and, in many cases, tap water is as safe, or even safer, to drink. Students at a high school in the Bronx are doing their part to reverse that trend by refurbishing the venerable high school water fountain.
Southern Africa: Hoping for Rain
Drought is one of the water-related crises being explored at Trinity Institute 2017, the theological conference whose theme is “Water Justice.” For more than a year, the southern third of the African continent has been reeling from drought, that scientists attribute to the periodic El Niño weather pattern and to climate change, and which has left millions of people in need of emergency food.
A Disappearing Island
Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana can lay claim to a very distinct character: its small community is primarily indigenous people who have historically spoken both English and Parisian French, living on an island that once measured 22-thousand acres. Rising water has eclipsed almost 99 percent of that land, and the 25 families living there are now being called the first “climate refugees” in the United States.