Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Does Water Belong to Everyone or Only to those who can Buy It?

Having lived through  and tried to grow food during a number of drought years, I feel angry about this. Nestle is also taking pure water from a Maine watershed and worrying the residents of the area.  Water is a public right and a public Need.

 is sucking water from a watershed during drought conditions in order to bottle and
sell it.
 From patenting flowers to claiming water is not a public right, Nestl
 is trying to commodify everything.
Tell Nestlé
 to stop bottling from a Canadian aquifer in drought conditions.
Sign the Petition

Nestlé's Chairman and former CEO once infamously declared that "access to water should not be a public right." And now his company is putting into practice its belief that
every resource should be commodified and sold off.
Nestlé is sucking up water from a Canadian watershed during drought conditions --
to bottle and sell it off.
Nestlé has won a permit to drain an Ontario aquifer whenever it likes.
 Meanwhile, the surrounding communities which rely on the aquifer have by-laws to
restrict their access to their own water
 during dry conditions in the summer. This just isn’t right, and groups are fighting
back against Nestlé and the Ontario government office that handed out its permit
in an environmental tribunal. It shouldn’t take a legal proceeding to force Nestlé
to do the right thing. Let’s tell Nestlé that a community’s access to its own water
supply is more important than any company's profits.
Tell Nestlé: Stop bottling Ontario’s water source during drought conditions.
Nestlé has a permit through 2017 to take about 1.1 million litres of water per day
from Hillsburgh, Ontario
 for its bottling operations in nearby Aberfoyle -- even during drought conditions
while there are by-laws on water use for households. SumOfUs.org is joining a number
of groups that are fighting back against
Nestlé has been in the news a lot lately for attempting to profit from our natural
resources. Last month,
over 220,000 SumOfUs.org supporters signed our petition against Nestlé's greedy effort
to patent the fennel flower,
 a cure-all medicinal remedy for millions of people in impoverished communities across
the Middle East and Asia. Several days after we sent out our petition, a video emerged
showing Nestlé’s Chairman claiming that the idea that water is a human right comes
from “extremist” NGOs and that water should have a market value. Nestlé has dealt
with NGOs and lost before -- the years-long boycott over
Nestlé's dirty tactics to get mothers to stop breastfeeding and use
baby formula --
which resulted in thousands of infant deaths from water-born illnesses
 -- was a historic success in corporate campaigning.
Nestlé’s appetite to commodify water and natural remedies is a recurring strategy
by a corporation with a pattern of seeking to privatize and profit from traditional
knowledge and our natural resources. By speaking out against the draining of our
watersheds, you will be taking a stand against Nestlé’s strategy to profit off everything
in nature.
Demand that Nestlé stop commodifying everything in nature. Stop draining Ontario's watershed to bottle water.
Thanks for all you do
Angus, Martin & the team from SumOfUs.org
More information:
Council of Canadians raises climate change and drought concerns in Nestlé case.
 Council of Canadians, Apr. 23rd, 2013.
Nestlé Denies that Water is a Fundamental Human Right.
 Global Research. Apr. 20th, 2013.
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accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
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