Stop DuPont From Poisoning the World

Stop DuPont From Poisoning the World

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Education goes so much deeper than a college degree. Last night I stumbled upon a movie, “Dark Waters,” and it truly opened my eyes. This movie is true story about a lawyer fighting for innocent citizens who’s water systems and everyday items were being poisoned by a man made chemical, PFOA, that DuPont was consciously feeding to not only Americans, but also millions of people across the globe. PFOA is a toxic chemical that the human body is not able to break down, therefore it lives in your system forever and you pass it down through birth. It is said that nearly 99.9 percent of the human population have PFOA in their bloodstream. PFOA is directly linked to testicular cancer, birth defects, thyroid disease, pancreatic cancer, liver failure, kidney cancer, major endocrine issues, immune deficiency, and so much more. The human body is a pure system that we flood with toxins and chemicals daily with out even knowing. It is nearly impossible to be a civilized citizen and not be exposed to harmful manmade chemicals, however, we can educate ourselves and do our best to minimize exposure. DuPont is just one company, there are hundreds of companies participating in creating new products that are harmful to the human body. However, because Companies like DuPont, 3M, Monsanto, etc, are all such contributors to our government and economy, they will never be stopped. Robert Bilott, the corporate attorney who risked his own reputation to fight for people he does not know, has been fighting for these people against DuPont since 1998. DuPont is such a machine that although they are slapped with million dollar lawsuits, that seems minimal to the nearly 60 billion dollars in revenue they generate each year. This movie and the article it is based on is scary and proves that the FDA, EGA, and other government protocol is not always looking out for its citizens best interests. In fact, DuPont was required to stop using PFOA in their products therefore they switched to an equally harmful chemical now known as GenX. We are being exposed to toxins every single day, not even knowing it. Political views aside, the Trump administration has refused to regulate and limit these chemicals in everyday products and has blocked these chemicals from being heavily broadcasted and talked about in American media. This is not a 1998 issue, DuPont and other large corporations are still, in 2020, being sued for water contamination and spread of toxins. As on March, 2019, at least 610 locations throughout 43 states are known to have contaminated water systems, affected nearly 19 million citizens. Next time you drink tap water, order a water proof jacket, or a non-stick pan, think twice and educate yourselves on the chemicals around you. It is truly impossible to not be exposed to these toxins in today’s world, but we can surely educate ourselves and help spread the world of these evil corporations responsible for inhumane actions.

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