Featured Media Resource: “Flint” (Aisha Fukushima/RAPtivism)
RAPtivist Aisha Fukushima’s song “Flint” was inspired by a town hall she watched on TV where local residents of Flint, Michigan expressed their concerns and scientists talked about the ongoing impacts of the water crisis. Recognizing parallels between the water crisis and different forms of environmental racism and discrimination in the US, she uses the second and third verses of the song to connect the dots between Flint, #BlackLivesMatter and immigration debates.
What does water mean to you? What is your community’s relationship to water? Write song lyrics about the importance of water in your life, in your community and in the world around you. #DoNowWater
How to Do Now
Do Now by posting a video response in this week’s Flipgrid.
You can also post your response on Twitter or in the comment section below. Be sure to include #DoNowWater in your tweet.
An Abundant Yet Finite Resource
With World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day approaching on April 22, now is the perfect time to reflect on the importance of water as a precious and finite global resource. In 2010, the UN officially recognized clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right. That said, illness resulting from lack of access to clean water and sanitation is still the second leading cause of death among children around the globe. Also at any given time, approximately half of all people in developing countries suffer from some form of illness caused by a lack of access to clean water and sanitation.
Water rights issues have made recent headlines in the United States. In April 2016, the resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota inspired the rise of the #NODAPL movement.
Another major issue that caught my attention as a RAPtivist (rap activist), is the ongoing challenge of the Flint Water Crisis. Over 40 percent of the residents in Flint, Michigan live below the poverty line, and it has been over 1,000 days since they have had access to clean drinking water. Especially high levels of lead were found in Flint’s water. This will likely affect thousands of young people who came in contact with the water who are now more likely to experience serious health problems as a result. As of March 17, the EPA has designated $100 million to Flint to upgrade infrastructure, but residents are not expected to have clean water until 2019.
The limited nature of water continues to be a pressing issue in many parts of the world. Water is the basis of all life, and good water is a universal human right.
ARTICLE: Causes of the Global Water Crisis and 12 Companies Trying to Solve It (Tech Crunch)
MANUAL: Water- It’s Importance and Source (The Australian Department of Health)
INTERACTIVE: Five Things You Should Know About California’s Water Crisis (National Geographic)