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America’s Dirty Secret: Living Amongst Raw Sewage

LOCATION: Field Auditorium in Environment Hall, which is located at 9 Circuit Drive. Parking is available in the Bryan Center lot.

A child’s ball is in the trench which is clearly full of raw sewage coming from a mobile home. A dog house sits nearby and a vegetable garden is within fifty feet of the effluent that is being discharged from a toilet. The neat little home is inhabited by a senior citizen, her daughter and grandchildren. Just outside her bedroom one can not only see the effluent from her home, but the toilet paper as well. Near the home sits a trailer that is occupied by her daughter and son-in-law. Underneath the home, the raw sewage is clearly present. The stench fills the air. In another location, the sewage is running across the road. People drive through it and children walk through it unaware of the health issues they could be tracking into their homes. This situation is not in some Third World country, it exists in the United States of America because we refuse to acknowledge poverty and the conditions it is yielding right here. This is America’s Dirty Secret.

Catherine Coleman Flowers, founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Community Development Corporation (ACRE), presented a talk based on her recent experience representing the United States in international negotiations that determined the final texts of the Summary for Policymakers of each volume of IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.

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Sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the University Program in Environmental Policy and the DHRC@FHI. 


October 24, 2014
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Field Auditorium, Environment Hall