Monday, February 13, 2006
It is not something you really give thought to...Really... You turn on your faucet and water comes out, you flush your toilet and it goes somewhere... But one day, maybe as little as 15 years from now, wars will be fought for water. There is not enough fresh water to sustain the growing population of the world and big corporations, following the advice of the World Bank are trying to "buy" all the fresh water. By purchasing bottled water, you are supporting big corporations like Nestle and Coca Cola whose practices include buying purchasing springs and creeks in mostly poor communities (like Zephyrhills in Florida) or countries (like India) and cut that water off from the people who need them. They do this to pump millions of gallons from springs and aquifers to make bottled water and other products, to make a profit, while taking that water that is so vital to the people of that area and not allowing the people to use it. (in Zephyrhills, for example, this community spring in a real back country community, which the people used the spring as drinking water, swimming hole etc, only to show up one day to find it surrounded by fences and barbed wire and pumping to a Nestle bottling plant in a neighboring town) In India, where there is little drinkable water anyways, companies like Coke and Pepsi use the water to make their sodas and bottled water products, products which the people who live their cannot afford. We need to make a decision for ourselves, is water for profit or for life... I mean these aren't the only reasons bottled water is bad, the waste of the bottles which usually end up in dumps, the toxic chemicals needed to make plastic, the cost (up to 1000 times more than tap). I am against the privatization of water, and I never drink bottled water anyways, but I encourage you all to check out the following site for more info about the evils of bottled water and to drink filtered tap water...
Please check out this site... Sierra Club