In The Poisoned City, Anna Clark tells the story of Flint’s water crisis. The crisis began in 2014 when the water source switched from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River.
Humans need five basic things to survive: air, shelter, food, sleep and water. If any of these things are not up to standards, we will become ill at the very least.
Air pollution, spoiled food, insufficient sleep, houses with mold and toxic water are just a few examples of things that can seriously affect our health.
Clark also discusses the background of Flint and why the city was susceptible to this and other injustices. I had forgotten that there was an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease during the water crisis.
The amount of lies that different levels of government told the people of Flint about the water is remarkable and horrifying. Several agencies fixed the numbers regarding levels of lead. No amount of lead is safe. The citizens of Flint knew that something was wrong with the water but the powers that be said: “Everything is fine. Don’t worry.”
Thank goodness that they didn’t listen. The people of Flint are still dealing with the fallout from the crisis. What if the issue was unresolved?
Clark does a great job of introducing all of the numbers, percentages, statistics, etc. without making it boring or overwhelming. The book is a good mix of history, human interest stories and facts.
- I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.