Our friends at SumOfUs.org created this powerful petition and we'd love for you to sign it. Tell the government of British Columbia to protect its groundwater from companies who seek to take it without paying, bottle it in wasteful plastic, and sell it for a huge profit to the people whose land they're draining: 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).
With public outcry growing, the government says it’s considering a public consultation on the issue -- but hasn’t committed to any immediate action. Together, we can push them to act -- Canada promotes itself to the world as a clean, untrammeled wilderness travel destination, and they care about their reputation.
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, a provincial tribunal sided with Council of Canadians, Ecojustice, and Wellington Water Watchers and rejects a deal between Nestlé and the Ontario Ministry of Environment that would have removed restrictions on Nestlé’s water withdrawals during times of drought. Now we need to speak out against Nestlé in BC, too.
Nestlé's chairman claims "extremist" NGOs are peddling the idea that water is a human right. His better idea: water has a market value and he should make a profit off it. What a hypocrite. His company now extracts our groundwater for free and markets it for huge profits. Let’s call on the BC government to put in rules that stop these corporate freeloaders.
Call on the BC government to stop allowing Nestlé and other corporate freeloaders from extracting our water for free.
Opinion: A new Water Sustainability Act will update, replace existing legislation Vancouver Sun, Sept. 9th, 2013.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
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. Water is a right of the people, not of corporations and companies who seek to take without paying, bottle it in wasteful plastic, and sell it to only those who can afford it.