CLICK HERE to sign Council of Canadians pledge to not buy bottled water or Nestle products. You’ll feel better and so will I.
[Note: this is not the first Nestlé boycott. As a sociologist friend pointed out – this company is the textbook example of unethical practices with the Nestle’s baby formula program a recipe for what not to do. They built up opposition to breast feeding and created a demand for powdered formula in areas of the world where clean water is unavailable – infants died as a result.]
This is the Council of Canadians pledge text for this new campaign against bottled water:
In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, bottled water giant Nestlé continues to extract over four million litres of groundwater every day from an aquifer near Guelph. Nestlé pays less than $15 per day for this precious resource and then ships it out of the community in hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles for sale all over North America – at an astronomical mark up.
The aquifer that supplies the main Nestlé production well has dropped about 1.5 metres from 2011 to 2015 while Nestlé’s water taking increased 33 % over the same period.
And Nestlé just bought up another well in nearby Middlebrook – despite the local municipality’s attempt to purchase it to safeguard their municipal water supply. Nestlé has been privatizing groundwater all over the world, stirring up opposition from communities trying to protect their water.
Groundwater resources will not be sufficient for our future needs due to drought, climate change and over-extraction. Wasting our limited groundwater on frivolous and consumptive uses such as bottled water is madness. We must not allow groundwater reserves to be depleted for corporate profit.
It is time to stop Nestlé from profiting from water.