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Fwd: [CRRA] Think Outside the Bottle - campaign for access to water
- Subject: Fwd: [CRRA] Think Outside the Bottle - campaign for access to water
- From: Gary Liss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 11:56:47 -0700
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Apologies for Cross-Postings
From: Mary Lou Van Deventer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 11:35:46 -0700
Subject: [CRRA] Think Outside the Bottle - campaign for access to
There are more problems with bottled water than the issues with the
bottle (estrogenic effects, recyclability, and resource use).
Here's an organization that is worried about people's access to water
around the globe and is focusing on the implications of water as a
marketable commodity. She came to NCRA last week with a very short
but effective presentation. The campaign will launch next
Mary Lou Van Deventer
Corporate Accountability International Organizer
510 809 7353
CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL'S
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE CAMPAIGN
THE WORLD WATER CHALLENGE
DO YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO WATER?...
WEDNESDAY 3RD OCTOBER
MALONGA CASQUELORD CENTER FOR THE ARTS (FORMERLY ALICE ARTS CENTER)
1428 ALICE STREET, OAKLAND, CA 94612
PLEASE RSVP Rachael
call 510 809 7353
CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL's
Think Outside the Bottle Campaign
Corporate Accountability International is a membership organization that
wages campaigns to stop irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions.
Founded in 1977 under the name "Infact," we have succeeded in
forcing major concessions from transnational corporations such as Nestlé,
General Electric, and Phillip Morris/Altria. Building upon 30 years
of successful grassroots organizing, we are campaigning to bring global
attention to the life-threatening abuses of the water industry.
Bottled water corporations are changing the way that we all think about
water. A handful of corporations have identified water as a commodity and
are increasingly trying to take control of public water resources and
systems. Coke, Nestlé and Pepsi are among those, and are undermining
confidence in public water systems by making people think that the only
place to get clean safe water is in from a bottle.
The more water becomes a high priced commodity - the "oil of the
21st century" - the more public water sources and universal access
to water become threatened. For example, Coke's Dasani and Pepsi's
Aquafina use tap water as their source, but sell it back to us at
thousands of times the cost. Others like Nestlé, run roughshod over
communities' concerns and damage the environment when they extract water
and build bottling plants to get local spring and ground water.
Access to water is in danger. One in six people on earth don't have
access to enough water. That's more than one billion of us who don't have
enough water to drink, bathe and cook. As a society, we need to be asking
ourselves who is providing our water - a basic human right? Will it be
Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé - or will it be our own towns and governments that
are controlled democratically?
We need to ensure that ALL people have equal access to clean public water
and that our water systems are supported and well-maintained. As a step
toward that, we are asking people across the country to Think Outside the
Bottle and make a commitment to public tap water instead.
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