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FW: Think Outside the Bottle Campaign

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:31 PM
FYI


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Did you know that up to 40% of bottled water is actually from
the tap? Corporations are bottling the water that runs out of
our faucets and selling it back to us at thousands times the
price under brands like Dasani and Aquafina.

Worse is that bottled water corporations are changing the very
way that people think about water from a human right to a high-
priced commodity - all in the name of profit.

To resist these efforts and protect our public water
infrastructure, Think Outside the Bottle is asking individuals,
institutions, and local governments to pledge to support tap
water over bottled water. Sign the pledge today at
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2215/t/8036/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=440&tag=glAI.

Come to our community meeting on January 22nd at 7pm to hear
about recent efforts in San Francisco to "take back the tap"
and assert everyone's right to good, clean water. We will
discuss how to engage Governor Schwarzenegger on this very
important issue and ways to get involved. Location: Wilderness
Society, 655 Montgomery Suite 1000, San Francisco

For more information and/or to RSVP for the community meeting,
please contact Alexis Illyn at[masked] x309 or
[address removed].

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CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL?S
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE CAMPAIGN

Corporate Accountability International is a membership
organization that wages campaigns to stop irresponsible and
dangerous corporate actions. We have succeeded in getting
major changes from transnational corporations such as Nestl?,
General Electric, and Phillip Morris/Altria. Building upon 30
years of successful grassroots organizing, we are campaigning
to bring global attention to the life-threatening abuses of the
private water industry.

Water is a basic human right. When it is treated as a
commodity, our democracy, health, and environment suffers. That?
s why we are asking people to Think Outside the Bottle.

Bottled water corporations are changing the way we all think
about water. Bottled water corporations like Coke, Nestl? and
Pepsi have manufactured demand for an essential resource that
already flows from our taps.

The more water becomes a high priced commodity ? the ?oil of
the 21st century? ? the more public water sources and universal
access to water become threatened. Access to water is in
increasing danger and should not depend on whether you are rich
or poor. Public water systems have been critical to health and
equality in the U.S., and need to be well-maintained here and
ensured around the world.

Bottled water corporations are convincing communities and
individuals that the only place to get clean, safe water is
from a bottle. But the fact is, bottled water has social and
environmental impacts: It?s bad for taxpayers, it?s bad for our
public water systems, and it?s bad for the environment.

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