lack of knowledge on current environmental issues

After watching the video in class on Tuesday about the Union Carbide incident in Bhopal, India I was very surprised. The Bhopal disaster is also known as the Bhopal gas tragedy occurred during the night of December 2nd and 3rd of 1984. On 3 December 1984, the plant released 42 tonnes of toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas, exposing more than 500,000 people to toxic gases. During this event over 2,000 have died after the leak of the poisonous gas, methyl isocyanate, from the Union Carbide plant there. I found this video very informing but also very, very, very shocking. I had never even heard of this incident. I find it disturbing how little we are informed about environmental issues like this, especially because of the huge impact it has one the people living there and still impacts these people.

An example of a more present environmental issue is about the Pennsylvania pipeline incident. Remember the oil company that is being blocked by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe for trying to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline through their water supply? That same oil company just spilled over 55,000 gallons into America’s 3rd most endangered river, however, how many people do you think know about this? If it weren’t for a Facebook post one of my friends shared I would have no idea this happened. The Pennsylvania pipeline spilled over 55,000 gallons, which is the drinking water of 8 million people. The river it leaked into is one of the most endangered rivers in the world. Also, it became aware that there had been 203 leaks since 2010… I’m sure no one knew it was that many. This is because the media and other form of news sites don’t feel the need to tell us about critical things that happen in the environment. It is all put on the back burner but if we want our world to last as long as it should it is important we start to make these incidents more known to the public and to begin to find solutions.gp-august-2012-f1-pipeline-fig-2

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