Target: United Nations
Goal: Demand the United Nations get involved in cleaning up Bangladesh’s water and punishing factory owners for pollution
The Genda Government Primary School resides near a polluted canal and several nearby textile factories. On days where it is hot and there is a breeze, the stench of the toxic water filters into the classroom and makes everyone ill. Teachers struggle to do their work, students often feel lightheaded and dizzy. Some have even fainted. The cause of this comes from the numerous factories that operate nearby the school.
Regulations imposed by the Ministry of Environment demand that the waste water used in factories be properly treated before they are dumped into the drainage pipes. However, raids conducted by Munir Chowdhury, a senior official in the ministry, found through various night raids that many of these factories saved money by not treating the water and simply dumping it. The effects are horrendous; depending on what dye the textile factory uses, the water changes color from blood red to blue and sometimes purple. The wildlife has certainly been affected: coconut trees no longer produce coconuts, and the wildlife that live in the water cannot survive and fruit production has dropped significantly. The pollution does not just affect the area. It’s affecting the rest of the country. Fines have been imposed on these factories, but because they are backed by powerful politicians or make so much money, these fines are either overlooked, or the officials who gave the fines are transferred to another department.
It is difficult to make these factory owners responsible for their actions. Many of the workers in these factories are villagers, whose livelihood suffers because their employers do not care about the environment. Already these areas are impoverished as many families struggle to keep their children in school. The textile companies in Bangladesh are second in production world wide, with China taking first place. Their profits keep them operating without heeding regulation.
Implore the United Nations to get involved. There is corruption, pollution and human beings suffering because of a lack of compassion. Sign this petition and ask the United Nations to force these factory owners to treat their water and clean up their mess.
Dear United Nations,
The waters in Bangladesh’s canals are truly atrocious. Factories, most notably textile factories, are dumping their waste water into drainage pipes without properly treating them. The result are waters that change color from red to blue to a deep purple. Schools who reside near these waters have children and teachers who are becoming sick. Some have even fainted or beg not to come to school because the stench is so suffocating. With all of this pollution, how are these people getting access to clean drinking water? How are they able to bathe?
The wildlife has been negatively affected. Coconut trees no longer produce coconuts, the fish and other aquatic animal life are dying, and the fruit production has decreased significantly. The factory owners do not care about the environment, they care only about the money. Night raids have seen as such; despite having the equipment to clean the water, some factories don’t bother because it is a waste of money. Officials have tried to stop these actions by imposing fines, but as officials start to hone in on these factories, they are often transferred.
I am asking the United Nations to get involved and make these factory owners responsible for their actions. I ask you to stop them from polluting the water and I ask you to do anything in your power to make the waters clean.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Shawn via flickr