What does it take to motivate people to get involved and fight for something that they believe in? Our recipe for change has three essential ingredients: anger, hope, and a plan.
Anger – righteous anger at injustice – is what shakes us out of complacency and apathy. Hope – a belief that things can be better – is what drives us to action. And a plan – a workable strategy and series of concrete steps – is the blueprint we need to prove to ourselves change is possible. Take away any of those ingredients and our recipe falls apart.
The Clean Water Act. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Complicated important laws with lofty goals.
We think a lot about these two laws. Together, they represent a vision that we should act like water matters. That we ought to end pollution into our nation’s water bodies. That what comes out of the tap should be safe to drink.
It’s a great day when drinking water is front and center and when we’re focusing on controlling upstream threats, increasing investment and addressing those suffering from extreme drinking water crisis like what has happened in Flint, Michigan. We should be putting drinking water first every day.
As public attention is focused on drinking water in light of the crisis in Flint, Michigan you would think that clarifying that we want to protect all of our water resources would be a no brainer. But the Clean Water Rule remains tangled up in litigation brought by powerful special interests and some states, including Michigan.
Increased oversight of state programs is essential in light of public concern in the wake of events in Flint, Michigan.
Our approach to drinking water protection - “Putting Drinking Water First” - feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this situation.