With this infographic, Our group leader Cindy discusses the effects of lead, what it does to the body, as well as who it affects the most. This infographic helps show the injustice in the environment and we put out this infographic to help expose these issues in return hoping that people will acknowledge these flaws and help improve the environment in a positive way. https://create.piktochart.com/output/33940247-aziz-2018
While reading and learning about the amount and dangers of lead have on our community it makes me worried. I am mainly worried about all of the kids in Philly who could possibly be affected by this. I have learned that lead can be in the water, paint, and the air. This makes me think and wonder if I could possibly have a high amount of lead in my body.
When it came to research on our topic which was a neighborhood I realized that many neighborhoods were facing the same exact situations without having any help or resolving. Knowing this is a problem many landlord, families, or health centers know if there hasn't been any support or any help to those who have children with lead poisoning. This was very shocking to me and let me know generations aren't worried about helping out they are just focused on business.
So my group and I decided to look at the lead levels of around our school and we saw that it was 11 which if inside a human would be really high. I want to say I’m surprised that the lead levels were high like that but to be completely honest, I can’t be. What I am wondering is how can we reduce the lead not only in our school but also in the area where our school is at?
This was very eye opening and it really showed me what our city is going through and what others are going through with this same problem. It's crazy because it's so close to home and this could happen to anyone and you really wouldn't know. It's also crazy for the people and children dealing with this and has no help. I'm also wondering what these people who have been affected are doing to help themselves.
After reading the article, a few things stuck out to me. One of the main things that stuck out to me was that the City of Philadelphia is so eager to punish those who haven't fixed the lead levels in homes, but isn't at all eager to try and fix the issue. For example, in Kensington, some of its soil tested 25 times than the federal limit deems "safe for kids." This isn't something that should still be happening. I am also wondering what it will take for the City of Philadelphia to actually step in and fix the issue.
The article surprised me because I was unaware that Philadelphia had a lead problem. My research into Juniata Park backed up the article's statement that lead poisoning is most common in Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. I don't think it is right that people living in poverty have to then deal with the possible exposure to lead. It is clear that landlords don't care to update the homes they are renting out because it saves them money. Many people in Juniata park are living in homes that could cause lead poisoning. Children of Juniata Park not only are be subjected to lead in their homes but at school too. It is unfair that not only adults but children to have to be in places that are unsafe for them because of their social status.
I never knew lead poisoning was big in Philadelphia which was very surprising. This problem should be really exposed to everyone because this can put a lot of people, especially children, are in danger. I honestly home there will be some type of change because it's very sad.