This Borrowed Earth: Lessons from the Fifteen Worst by Robert Emmet Hernan

By Robert Emmet Hernan

During the last century mankind has irrevocably broken the surroundings throughout the unscrupulous greed of massive company and our personal willful lack of information. listed here are the strikingly poignant money owed of mess ups whose names stay in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, 3 Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with those, the extreme and inspirational tales of the numerous women and men who fought bravely to protect the groups and environments at risk.

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She earned cigarettes this way and amused the patients. Yukijo spoke of herself as a “rickety, half-insane, drooling weirdo patient,” but at least she was only half insane. The half that remained sane accounted for the loneliness and isolation that she felt and expressed to Ishimure. Ishimure began to organize on behalf of the patients. She visited the patients and wrote down their testimonies and the horrors she witnessed. But she paid a price for her involvement: Her family received threatening letters, and her parents put pressure on her to spend more time on wifely duties, caring for the household rather than for strangers.

Tanigawa’s literary circle also included Satoru Akazaki, who worked for the city of Minamata. Akazaki obtained, without permission, a copy of what became known as “The Red Book,” a journal kept by doctors at a secret ward at Minamata Hospital, where the victims of the strange disease were quarantined. The details of the assaults on the victims from this disease formed an excruciating story for Ishimure. Ishimure’s exposure soon became more immediate. Her son contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to Minamata Hospital.

The full report was 44 THIS BORROWED EARTH suppressed under Britain’s secrecy law for thirty years. Only in 1988 did the British public receive a fuller account of the events at Windscale. The story did not stop there. The government’s white paper concluded that there was no immediate danger and no likely ill effects on health from the Windscale fire, except for the contaminated milk. Over the years, many have challenged this conclusion. Various scientific and governmental bodies, between 1960 and 1990, estimated that some 20,000 curies of iodine-131 were released, along with various other radioactive contaminants, including strontium-89, strontium-90, cesium-137, and polonium.

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