Poisoned Waters explores how scientists are finding genetically mutated marine life caused by "endrocrine disruptors"--chemicals from consumer products, pharmaceuticals. After watching the video, discuss your answers to the following questions:
Where does waste from our toilets and sink wind up? What about chemicals that we use to clean our homes, wash our cars, fertilize our lawns? What happens to our makeup, deodorant, shampoos and other personal care items when we take a shower? What about pharmaceuticals tossed in the toilet?
Where does your drinking water come from? Can you think of anything that might pollute that source of water?
What problems have scientists detected in nature that they believe are caused by “emerging contaminants”? Are humans potentially vulnerable to some of these same chemicals?
What should the government and/or industry do about these emerging contaminants? What can you do to make water safer for yourself, your community and the fish?
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