Crystal Jankowski entered the labor market during the 2014 water crisis in Toledo, Ohio. The 276,000 inhabitants of the city could not use their tap water for a weekend in August – no drinking, Baden nada . The water supplied by Lake Erie had become toxic due to the algae growth of the lake.
Jankowski, who was preparing to give birth to her daughter at nearby St. Luke's Hospital, had spent the last day with mild contractions. She knew that her moment would come, so she emphasized that she could not just take a shower.
"As a woman who has ten people in her hooha, you want to be clean," Jankowski told Earther. "So it was awful to say the least."
This event changed her life. And she did not let it end there.
"It's not just about changing the law, it's about changing our culture and our relationship with nature and the environment."
As a mother committed to community engagement, she worked with her Neighbors together to create a local environment group, Toledoaner for safe water. This week, they managed to pass a vote to develop the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Charter, which recognizes the lake's right to "exist, thrive, and evolve naturally," such as the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). who have worked with the residents of Toledo to secure this special election. While similar laws on the recognition of ecosystem rights have been adopted in Colombia, New Zealand and India, this is the first of its kind in the United States.
The group "ugly shouted" after it had found the poll by 61 percent Tuesday, Jankowski said. These new rights, granted to Lake Erie, are intended to help protect it from the nitrogen and phosphorus effluent which mainly comes from the agricultural sector that drives algal blooms.
Lake Erie, however, suffers from most summers, its intensity varies. The flowers not only threaten drinking water; They harm the economy by dampening recreational fishing and tourism revenues. A flowering like 2014 could lead to a loss of $ 65 million for the local economy.
The problem has become so serious that even local breweries are alerted by algae bundles of green beer. Climate change is expected to worsen this flowering, as high temperatures not only affect this algae growth, but also the unpredictable weather patterns caused by climate change can increase rainfall in the region, allowing more runoff into the lake.