Erin Brockovich

One of greatest problems in the world today is the lack of clean drinking water. On their webpage, Unicef states that more that as much as 768 million people around the world do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. You might think that this is a problem only connected to poor and dry parts of the world like Africa, but that is not the whole truth. In a country like the USA you would believe that your tap water is safe to drink, or at least safe to shower and bath in. But in Hinkley, California residents started getting sick with nosebleeds, cancer and other serious diseases after chemicals leaked in to their water.

In our English class we watched a movie based on the story of Hinkley. In the movie Erin Brockovich is a single mother that gets a job at a law firm. While organizing files she discovers some suspicious blood samples. She starts to investigate, and finds out that the

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gas and electric company has leaked out a dangerous chemical used to prevent rust. The chemical contaminates the drinking water and makes the habitants sick. She gathers over 600 victims and sues the company. They win and gets 333 million dollar. in the movie Erin get 2 million while the victim she first discovered got 5 million dollars.

The story behind the movie is totally different. In reality it was one of the victims that began to be suspicious when the gas company gave her an offer on her house ten times the market value. She asked the law firm Erin worked at to take a look at the case and they put Erin on the job. Erin collected evidence and gathered about 650 people in to the lawsuit. They won and got 333 million dollars where 133 million went to the law firm. Erin got her two million dollars, but the woman that discovered the crime did not get the 5 million as said in the movie.

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3 thoughts on “Erin Brockovich

  1. Hi there! I really liked how you connected the movie to a relevant issue we have in the world which is indeed clean drinking water. Well done!

  2. ouch, that’s no good! In the movie it seems everyone is happy with the result. I guess that never is the truth. Still it shows that you can never trust the big cooperations! And clean drinking water is very important!

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