OSFR has already published about The Story of Stuff, who has maintained the international fight against Nestle. Now they are sponsoring a virtual rally against Nestle in which you are invited to participate. OSFR has international ties with The Story of Stuff as board member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson has traveled to Canada to work with groups there with representatives from France, Brazil and Switzerland.
After Nestle sells out its North American bottled water brands, including Zephyrhills and Pure Life, just who will own the most drinkable water on the Planet?” Your guess is as good as mine, except it will be something or somebody with over $4.3 billion dollars.
Now we know that somebody is One Rock, but that has not changed anything for the river; the water still keeps going out faster than the rain can replenish it.
Join us at 7 pm Thursday, March 18.
Brett Chamberlin <[email protected]> has written the following email about the Nestle rally which will be held Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7 pm Eastern Time.
I’m writing with some exciting updates and important action items regarding next Thursday’s Virtual Rally to Reclaim Nestlé’s Troubled Waters!
First, a couple exciting updates! We have confirmed Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as our featured speaker (pre-recorded). Rep Tlaib has been vocal about water as a human right, and we’re thrilled to have her participate. We also have two musical guests – Canadian artist Alysha Brilla will be our opener, and American band Tune-Yards will be our feature performance.
For decades, Nestlé Waters – the world’s largest water bottler – has bought up access to public water across North America to turn our most precious public resource into a private commodity.
Paying next to nothing in royalties, Nestlé makes billions of dollars a year selling our water. In communities across North America, the pattern repeats itself: Nestlé enters a local town making promises of local job opportunities and the highest sustainability and environmental standards to its water bottling operations. Over time the surrounding communities see a trail of broken promises, environmental degradation and a struggle to regain access to their dwindling water supplies.
Nestlé is now seeking a final pay-off by selling off its North American bottled water brands to private equity profiteers in a more than $4 billion deal. Yet despite this sale, Nestlé continues to fight for extensions and expansions to its water permits across an entire continent in an effort to package a profitable business venture for the next corporation.
In the context of a global pandemic and increasing droughts and wildfires across North America, it’s clearer than ever that water should be owned by and for the people. All too often over recent years, we’ve seen water being privatized and sold in plastic packaging that’s accelerating a waste crisis instead.
Over recent years, The Story of Stuff Project has supported and partnered with communities across the US and Canada fighting to take back public control of their water. We’re shining a spotlight on five of Nestlé’s bottling operations that have generated fierce backlash resulting from the impact to the surrounding communities and their ecosystems.
Go to this link to see a list of Nestle’s bullying activities in the US, which includes Ginnie Springs.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum