When he’s not too busy praising Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the expense of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, documentary filmmaker and activist Michael Moore campaigns for his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Why? Because the city has endured an increasingly problematic water crisis, and many in the state have laid the blame on Governor Rick Snyder. And while Snyder and his colleagues in the Michigan senate and house have agreed to funnel millions in emergency funding to address the crisis, Michiganders like Moore think it’s too little, too late.
So much so that the 61-year-old director of Where to Invade Next wants everyone to stop sending bottled water and money to Flint and revolt against Snyder and those responsible instead. That’s because, despite how nice the individual gestures have been, Moore argues on his website that (1) all the bottles sent thus far won’t be enough, and (2) even the minimum requirement of bottled water cannot undo the significant health damage that has already been done.
100,000 bottles of water is enough for just one bottle per person— in other words, just enough to cover brushing one’s teeth for one day. You would have to send 200 bottles a day, per person, to cover what the average American (weare Americans in Flint) needs each day. That’s 102,000 citizens times 200 bottles of water — which equals 20.4 million16oz. bottles of water per day, every day, for the next year or two until this problem is fixed (oh, and we’ll need to find a landfill in Flint big enough for all those hundreds of millions of plastic water bottles, thus degrading the local environment even further). Anybody want to pony up for that? Because THAT is the reality.