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- Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is known for her role in a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric over alleged contamination of drinking water.
- Brockovich has continued raising awareness about pollution and other environmental threats.
- In her new book, she calls on communities to take the onus of ensuring access to clean and safe water for themselves.
Amid a global pandemic and protests against police brutality, Erin Brockovich is trying to get America to pay attention to yet another issue: water.
“We are in a water crisis beyond anything you can imagine. Pollution and toxins are everywhere, stemming from the hazardous wastes of industry and agriculture. We’ve got more than 40,000 chemicals on the market today with only a few hundred regulated. We’ve had industrial byproducts discarded into the ground and into our water supply for years. This crisis affects everyone – rich or poor, black or white, Republican or Democrat. Communities everywhere think they are safe when they are not,” she wrote in an opinion story for the Guardian.
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The activist who became the subject of an Academy-award winning feature film released her second book in August, “Superman’s Not Coming,” and is set to launch a podcast under the same name. But while she has played a major role in raising awareness of water issues in the United States, Brockovich isn’t going to be the one to fix them.
“I’m not Superwoman, I’m overwhelmed. There are so many issues out there relating to the chemicals in the water that concern me, and everyone thinks I can come fix it. That’s why I wrote the book; I want to pass the torch to all these communities,” she told the Daily Beast.
Even as this new book seeks to bring attention to the quality of our water supply, the quantity of water is dwindling as climate change causes both droughts and floods that exhaust America’s infrastructure. As wildfires rage across the West Coast, the East Coast is bracing for hurricane season. And Brockovich doesn’t have much faith in the government to come to the rescue either.
“These issues start with tiny seeds of deception that add up over months and years to become major problems. Our resources are exhausted. Corruption is rampant. Officials are trying to cover their tracks. People are not putting the pieces together when it comes to the severity of this crisis. I’ve got senators and doctors calling me, asking me what to do,” she wrote.
Instead, Brockovich has created a Community Healthbook to allow individuals and community groups to “report and review health related concerns and community environmental issues by geographic area and health related topic.”
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