Bruno Mars has become the latest celebrity to get involved with the Flint Water Crisis.
The circumstances surrounding the crisis in Flint, Michigan, date back to 2014. A state of emergency was called last year, after many residents were left without suitable access to safe drinking water.
Archaic lead pipes and an aging infrastructure are partially to blame for the current situation, but many feel that not enough is being done to speed up the process of improvement. Many homes are still without suitable water and, the health of residents is being greatly effected. As a result, many high-profile and notable names from the worlds of music, film and sport have become involved in highlighting the problem.
Last week, while onstage at a concert in the Michigan town of Auburn Hills, located approximately halfway between Detroit and Flint, Bruno Mars made the surprise announcement that he was donating $1 million to “our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan”.
“This is why we love what we do,” Mars told the cheering crowds after the announcement, “We get a chance to go up on stage every night and perform … and the fact that we can show up here and celebrate under one roof together, all this positive energy that’s flowing. This is the world we want to live in.”
The singer later released a statement which detailed “As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again,”
“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster.”