Water is a human right, and not a commodity. Bottled water transforms this basic right into a corporate good. It creates social and economic inequalities, while also causing huge environmental damage. Bottled water exploits water sources and wastes massive amounts of natural resources.
It is time for Binghamton University to take back the tap. Tap water is a widely available and nearly cost-free resource to this university. It is more regulated than bottled water, significantly cheaper, and is a sustainable alternative to bottled water.
As a school that prides itself in its commitment to sustainability, it is time that Binghamton University takes a stand. Urge Binghamton University to ban the sale and distribution of bottled water on campus. Make the clean and clear choice, take back the tap!
Take Back the Tap is a national campaign run through Food & Water Watch that is helping students across the country ban bottled water.
At Binghamton University the Take Back the Tap campaign is being led by the student-run environmental group, IDEAS for Binghamton. IDEAS stands for Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions. It is an international youth-led sustainability movement growing throughout K-12 schools, college campuses, and the world.
IDEAS for Binghamton and Take Back the Tap are currently working to ban bottled water on Binghamton University's campus. Started in the Fall 2012 semester, this campaign is working to create more water filling stations on campus, promote the use and distribution of reusable drinking cups in the dining halls, and work towards ending the sale of bottled water in vending machines, dining halls, and at Binghamton University events.
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