California’s Environmental Justice Crisis

drought

In Julia Lurie’s article, Here’s What I Saw in a California Town Without Running Water, she speaks about the devastating conditions residents in East Porterville are living with due to the historic and current California’s drought. Lurie states that residents “use paper plates to avoid washing dishes, eat sandwiches instead of spaghetti so there’s no need to boil water, and collect water used for cooking and showers to pour in the toilet.” Families are also forced to use public facilities to take showers.

I find Lurie’s article meaningful because in the Bay Area we can get lost in the abstract idea of California’s drought, but East Porterville is a close by example on how the drought is directly affecting California’s residents. This proximity not only allows me to empathize with East Porterville residents, but it also motivates me to learn more about environmental justice with the hope that everyone in California will have clean running water access soon.

Article Spotlight:

Here’s What I Saw in a California Town Without Running Water

Julia Lurie

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