Poisoned Waters? How Will I Make the Kool-Aid?

B Awesome By B Awesome, 30th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2zt2ylav/
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This is a response to an episode of Frontline entitled "Poisoned Waters."

Poisoned Waters? How Will I Make the Kool-Aid?

Don’t drink the water! This is a very rational demand after one takes time to learn what is in the planet’s water supply, yet it is not very practical. Our bodies are mostly comprised of water, and only a few days without water can cause serious adverse health effects, and may even lead to death. Therefore, it appears that we are in a catch 22; we can stop drinking water and die within days, or we can continue to drink the water and die slowly. Most people just drink the water. Something must be done to prevent the further deterioration of our water supply to ensure that our generation and future generations do not carry the burden of our parents’ mistakes.


There are so many factors that pollute earth’s waterways that it may prove near impossible to make any progress and reverse the damage. However, in this day and age, appearances are anything but representative of the true dangers we face. There are two things to remember while reading this: the first is that the conditions of our water are far worse than we are told; and the second is that it will be a lot easier than we realize to solve this problem once we come together as people of humanity and come up with a plan.


The first thing we need to realize if we are to make any progress is that we cannot rely on elected officials or government-funded bureaucracies to enforce laws that may or may not be constitutional, nor can we wait around for someone else to come along with a plan. The time for action is now, and there are so many things that we can do collectively as a global society to bring about the necessary change to clean our waterways and make them pure again.


A huge chunk of water pollution comes from chicken farmers because of all the unused waste that the chickens produce. Three possible solutions are as follows: legally make responsible the company who owns the chickens for the chicken waste, build a separate plant to process the waste and turn it into something useful, or we can all simply shift the concentration of our food budget away from chicken and egg products to reduce the number of chickens that need to be raised.


There is also an issue with companies who create chemical byproducts that end up in our water supply. They should not be allowed to dump anything into the water, but since we cannot rely on our government to do anything, the best that we can do is just not associate or buy products directly from or affiliated with these companies. There is also the possibility of creating a whole separate system to treat the contaminated water to make it reusable or drinkable. These could include purification plants built right next to the already existing plants to create a nearly self-sustaining system. Once the contaminated substances are treated in the purification plant, it can then be reused in the original plant.


Another major factor in our water pollution is all the solid asphalt and pavement throughout the country that makes up our streets, highways, and parking lots. When it rains, no longer is there open ground to soak up the rainwater. Instead, the rainwater flows along due to gravity and picks up any contaminants along the way. This can range from dirt to debris, bird excrement to oil or other chemicals that leak from cars. This will be a little tougher and more expensive to alleviate the damage caused by this. We can’t just protest the pavement because it’s already there, and we can’t just stop driving. While sewers seem like a good idea, they eventually drain out into another body of water. So how do we handle this? Easy. We take the water purification process underground.


Think about this for a moment: building up won’t stop the rain from hitting the ground, and building out is what got us here in the first place. So our only other option is to build down, which is essentially underground. Technologically advanced water purification plants can be built underground in such a way that all run-off and waste water from sewers will eventually filter through it as opposed to directly out into a body of water. Not only will they collect rainwater, but they will also provide a feasible place for companies to dump their contaminated water, or even the chicken farmers to dispose of their waste. These plants can be built all over the world, which will also create a need for a complete restructuring of how our clean water is transported to our homes. How much will this cost? Well, if a majority of the people in the world thought this was a good idea, then it wouldn’t cost too much. First, we would enlist volunteers. Then we would seek out independent companies to provide the materials. It would be something that anyone who wasn’t working could participate in. After all, this is a global problem and calls for a global solution. It will take a sacrifice of time and resources from many people and companies to bring these changes about. But in the long-run, these sacrifices will be negligible compared to everything we would gain as a result of clean water throughout the world.


No matter what options we choose to pursue as individuals, it will take a collective effort to bring about the change necessary to heal our planet’s water supply. Most of these solutions carry a hefty price tag, which must be paid by every person in the world. Everyone depends on water, it is essential to our survival. So ultimately, if we want to survive, we must share the burden of the cost to fix the problems that we have created. As much as I’d like to blame others for what they have done or companies for what they have done, those responsible cannot possibly do anything to help in a noticeable way. They don’t have enough money or manpower. Even if they stop dumping waste or chemicals into the water, the damage has been done. No real progress can be made if they don’t stop. But if not in the water, then where else? What is the trade-off? Can’t we just launch everything into space? That would probably be more expensive than just dealing with the problem here on earth. I think the best thing that we can do is invest in clean energy, support our small business owners, purchase green products, and recycle as much as possible. Get on social networking sites and find others who care about our water. Get together, make a statement. If 20 million people march to Congress, can they really ignore our pleas? If we stand united as a country and demand that things change, can we really be silenced? If anything else, please remember this quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Resources
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/

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Activist, Environment, Frontline, Kool-Aid, Oceans, Poisoned, Water

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author avatar Retired
30th May 2011 (#)

yeah dude, fracking is going to kill alot of people before it's over.. and the protector heroes putting fluoride in the water.. good lord

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