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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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Chapter 10Toxic Waste in Our Water

A Green path, or Deen, recognizes that how we manage waste, watts, and food also impacts our water. This chapter looks at industrial practices and how they have mistreated our water systems.

Water is integral to human life, and the way corporations treat water points to the value they place on human life. The Qur’an says:

We made from water every living thing. (Qur’an 21:30)

Yet for over a century, large corporations have used our water sources as their dumping grounds. The effects have lasted for decades and have caused numerous untold deaths.

One of the worst examples is the mercury poisoning of Japan’s Minamata Bay. Chisso Corporation, a Japanese chemical company, dumped waste mercury into the bay for decades, ...

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