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by on October 23, 2013


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  1. Reading this article reminded me a lot of things that go on in areas like Flammable and New Orleans. It seems to me that the people along this river are not actually aware of how toxic the water actually is, and there doesn’t seem to be any substantial movements to try and fix it. There have been efforts to try and fix/clean the river but like the article mentioned there are some pipes that are broken and in need of fixing and also some parts of the river are not even connected to the water treatment facility. The paragraph of the article saying, “Environmentalists say in the wake of NAFTA 20 years ago, the U.S. and Mexico had the political will to start cleaning up the Rio Grande. The question now is whether there’s momentum to finish the job” makes me think of one of the problems with Neo Marxist theories. People get involved to try and make things better and try and “help fix the environment” just to feel better about themselves. The problem with this is that with this mentality, people are less likely to come back once they do feel like they accomplished something and made a difference. Also, a lot of people feel like once they do some sort of action, that they are done and there is nothing more to do. In the case of Mexico and the U.S. working together to try and clean the river up, they put in a water treatment facility and stopped there. They don’t see or even check on whether it is necessarily working or that there may be more to be done. We need a momentum to continue and finish the job. We need people to get involved and stay involved to make any sort of advancement.

  2. This is an unbelievable that the water in the Rio Grande was that bad. Some water that is bad for the environment what is not brown like this so i can only imagine how bad this water is. This environmental problem would have been fixed before but it is between two countries so it continued to get worse and worse. This sound similar to Flammable. This is because no one knew how the problems got that bad. In Flammable there was no collective action and it seemed like there was not a lot of collective here for a while either because this water was in between 2 different countries. There needed to be something done about this and we can not let this happen anymore or we will have to continually boil our water before we drink it. We need to be much more concerned with the environment before we let it get o this point again.

  3. caaher16 permalink

    Chocolate brown water… the image in my mind, let alone the picture in the article, is straight up sickening. The Rio Grande is shared by two nations yet neither have been able to do anything to help the pollution issue. Understandably though, it is the fifth-longest river in North America so its hard to control pollution in a body of water that big. The U.S. is technically responsible for this water and works to treat it, but this is counteracted by the millions of gallons of sewage that flows into the river everyday. The water is filled with so much bacteria, it is too unsafe for any kind of use. This directly connects to communities such as Flammable, New Orleans, and Kivalina. All three are facing pollution and ecological disasters in their environment because of the actions of other communities around them. This demonstrates structural violence in that residents are subjected to pollution because of their social status that places them where they live. It also demonstrates symbolic violence, especially in Kivalina, that our culture maintains their everyday social habits over making necessary changes to their daily habits in order to save the environment and the people subjected to the most consequences. There needs to be something done by both the U.S. and Mexico to make the necessary changes in order to start truly cleaning up the Rio Grande. Both countries need to step up and save the people who live along the river from even more toxic uncertainty than they have already experienced.

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