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Stop Nestlé from Stealing

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Nestlé is taking 265 million liters of fresh Canadian water every year to bottle and sell off around the world — and it does not pay a penny.

At a time when water is in short supply around the world, it is outrageous that Nestlé can draw limitless amounts of our natural resources to sell for a huge profit. Nestlé’s chairman says that “extremist” NGOs are responsible for the idea that water is a human right, and that water should have a market price — all while paying nothing to Canada.

Nestlé gets away with this due to a lack of proper regulation in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. With public outcry growing, the government says it’s considering a public consultation on the issue — but hasn’t committed to any immediate action. Canada promotes itself to the world as a clean, untrammelled wilderness travel destination, and it cares about its reputation. Together, we can push the Canadian government to stop Nestle’s greedy water grab.

Let’s stand with Canadians and tell the government: enact laws so companies like Nestlé must pay to extract our most precious resource — our water.

Nestlé draws water from the same aquifer as thousands of Canadian residents near Hope, BC — and many of the residents who rely on the water are concerned. “We have water that’s so clean and so pure, it’s amazing. And then they take it and sell it back to us in plastic bottles,” said one resident. This freeloading by Nestlé is even more outrageous at a time when many parts of the world are facing extreme water shortage.

This isn’t the first time members of the SumOfUs.org community have spoken out against Nestlé extracting Canadian water with no consideration other than profit. Earlier this year, more than 140,000 of you spoke out about Nestlé sucking up water from a Canadian watershed during droughts. Thankfully, the Council of Canadians and Ecojustice won their tribunal ruling against Nestlé and the Ontario government office, and the water company can no longer extract water during drought conditions. Now we need to speak out to take this victory against Nestlé to BC, too.

Let’s call on the government to stop allowing Nestlé and other corporate freeloaders from extracting our water for free.

 

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products early in life - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in her cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

4 thoughts on “Stop Nestlé from Stealing

  1. Clicked on the link in the final sentence of this post and signed the petition. Nestle has a reputation for this kind of exploitation of human most basic needs. One example is aggressive promotion of canned baby formula to replace mother’s milk. This has been going on for a long time, and I gather it continues. For more information, see http://babymilkaction.org/nestlefree.

  2. Pingback: Know Your Bottled Water! | Nestle Finds A Loophole In Sustainably Produced Water

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