In a move that surprised everyone, and in many ways no one, Elon Musk has recently vowed to provide clean drinking water to the city of Flint, Michigan. His rough plan involves utilizing local plumbers to help install water filters across the city and plans to talk with Mayor Karen Weaver while he’s still in China on business. The Crisis began back in 2014 when construction of a new pipeline running from Lake Huron began and made national news in 2015 when the EPA water tests showed a dangerous amount of lead in the drinking water of the city.
After a whole lot of uproar, there seemed to be little action truly taken to resolve this infrastructure issue. Recently the city has ended its free water bottle distribution program despite the quality of their water still being abysmal sparking protests back in April of this year.
As we’ve seen this isn’t the first time that the private sector has had to come to the rescue. This isn’t even the first time that Elon Musk himself has come to the rescue either. Just before his announcement to take on the Flint water crisis, he had finished spearheading a successful rescue operation in Thailand.
Elon Musk, on top of running the Musk Foundation which offers grants to research programs for clean and renewable energy, also signed on to be a part of The Giving Pledge, one of the largest philanthropic endeavors ever undertaken. The Giving Pledge includes many billionaires such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and more. The Pledge started in August 2010 between Bill and Warren to go public with all of their charitable work to try and incentivize other billionaires, millionaires, and regular people to join the cause. As of two years ago the estimated amount pledged or already donated totaled $365 Billion Dollars.
Other notable Charity work by Elon Musk includes given energy to disaster zones such as coastal Alabama after Katrina, or Fukushima, Japan after the earthquakes and tsunami (perhaps he’ll take on the ongoing Fukushima radiation leak next). From his mainstream beginnings with Paypal up to his more recent Tesla Motors and Space X programs Elon is a great example of the power of the private sector. Despite his little bit of crazy, I can’t wait to see more tech and charitable work from him.