Environmental Justice and Democracy Failures at the Heart of Flint’s Water Crisis
The water governance failures found in Flint, Michigan are representative of many the most pressing environmental concern around the globe. Numerous reports found that a lack of accountability and insufficient regulatory oversight led to the poisoning of Flint’s 100,000 residents, many of whom come from marginalized racial and socioeconomic groups. But, these types of environmental failures are not unique to the United States. Communities throughout the world in Thailand, Mongolia, and Indonesia also face government ineptitude and political corruption when they are attempting to solve dangerous water crises. This article urges governments to take an international approach to solving water issues and to learn from other countries’ successes and failures.