Unite Together To Stop Water Privatization Before It's Too Late
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Thirsty? Grab an ice cold glass of clean water. Wait, you can't. It's being privatized!
Worldwide known company, Nestle and their CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, has stated their role on clean water.
When Nestle was asked about Peters comment "Human beings don't have a right to water", they replied with "Peter Brabeck-Letmathe thinks that water is a human right and that everyone, everywhere in the world, has the right to clean, safe water for drinking and sanitation" and went on to say "People are using a video interview Mr Brabeck gave in 2005 to say that he thinks all water sources should be privatised. This is simply not true.
He is, and always has been, arguing for more efficient water management by individuals, industry, agriculture and governments". (We'll quote his words in that video a little later on in this article)
This is an interesting claim to make when the State of Michigan does not charge Nestle to pump 250 gallons of water per minute (gpm) out of its plant in Stanwood, Michigan and requesting to pump an additional 150 gpm which would bring them to a total of 400 gpm and you have Flint just 2 hours away.
Flint, Michigan is having an extreme water crisis currently. In fact, the matter is so serious that on January 5th of 2016, the city of Flint was declared to be in a state of emergency by Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder.
This water crisis in Flint has lead to several lawsuits being filed against government officials, several investigations and the obvious health concerns associated with consuming contaminated water. The water contaminates are Coliform bacteria, THMs, Lead and a possible Legionnaires Disease outbreak.
With Nestle having such a "strong" stance on clean water, we asked them what they have done for these residents being a Worldwide Company and having the ability to help these residents especially having a plant only 2 hours away. Nestles response seemed quite contradicting to what they claim their goals are. They replied "We've been working with Walmart and other companies to provide 6.5 million water bottles to Flint".
The company already has their products on Walmart and other companies shelves. How is this helping Flint residents? Was the water donated? Did Nestle profit off of this crisis when they claim to want to help provide water to an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide that do not have access to clean water?
In California, Nestle has a seven mile long pipeline system through the mountains. In 2015, the company pulled 36 million gallons of water from the forest. Here the company is charged $524.00 per year to collect the water. The concern with this? California is in its 5th year of drought.
The company itself has admitted it would help the state by shutting down operations but Nestle will continue despite this because "Closing our operations or reducing the amount of water we withdraw significantly won’t fix the drought. If Nestle were to shut down all of its plants in California the resulting annual savings would be less than 0.3% of the total the Governor says the state needs residential and public users to save. More importantly by producing food (which Nestle has been under fire for unhealthy baby food products) and beverages in California we are creating value for California. We employ more than 7,000 people in the state. Our manufacturing facilities and our suppliers in the state are contributing to California’s economy."
So Nestle knows that they can help, but it's not a large enough percent for them to want to stop. They feel the 7,000 jobs are more important than the ecosystem apparently. Which does appear as a contradiction to what they claim to stand for. With no ecosystem, you have no people. With no people, jobs are useless.
To add to the concerns over Nestles operations in California, is an issue over the Company's right to extract water. Their permit expired in 1988 but since it continues to pay the yearly amount of $524.00, they still pump the water. Why wouldn't they? $524.00 in exchange for millions in profits?
The Corporate Giant was shut down in Hood River County, Oregon where Nestle tried to open another plant with the intent of extracting over 118 million gallons per year.
The residents here were experiencing extreme drought and water restrictions. But Nestle still tried to come in with a new bottling plant under these already dry conditions.
Nestle is Trying to Squeeze it's way into Phoenix, Arizona as it experiences drought conditions also.
In British Columbia, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water at a cost of only $2.25 per million liters bottled while the area is experiencing drought conditions and residents are being asked not to water their lawns and take shorter showers. This is happening while Nestle is allowed to extract virtually free of restrictions.
It seems everywhere Nestle wants to be is either where there is a drought or not clean resources. California, Oregon and British Columbia are experiencing wild fires as well. And while residents are being restricted on water globally, Nestle is extracting water for next to nothing and selling it back to the public.
How can they make the claim that "everyone should have free access to the water they need for drinking and sanitation" while swooping into already water depleted areas, bottling up water for basically free and then sell it back to the public with ingredients like Magnesium Sulfate. Which can have symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, CNS depression, lack of reflexes and hypocalcemia (deficiency of calcium in the blood).
Nestle and Mr. Brabeck can try to back track all they would like on attempting to privatize water but Brabeck is on record stating (this is the quotes from the video of Brabeck speaking as Nestles CEO on behalf of the company) "Water is of course, the most important raw material we have today in the world. It's a question of whether we should privatize the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being, you should have a right to water. That's an extreme solution. And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other and like any other foodstuff, it should have a market value. Personally, I believe it's better to give a foodstuff a value. So that we're all aware that it has it's price and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water and there are many different possibilities there". His words seem to be rather clear. Privatize water.
So Nestle is very aware of what they are doing and how they are negatively impacting the environment and the population they claim to be "helping".
The impact of water privatization would be catastrophic to people. It is confirmed that there are places where it is illegal to collect rain water. Once privatized, who's to say digging wells won't become illegal. We will be forced to buy their poisoned water! Look what happened to our food with GMOs. This seems to be the last piece of the puzzle for total control.
No one or nothing can survive without water! Nestle has realized that and is trying to profit off of it by privatizing a natural resource that IS a human right!
No matter what walk of life you come from, we all need water. And Nestle DOES NOT have the right to privatize a resource provided by the planet!
Nestle is targeting areas with residents in emergent conditions. The company is sucking already dry areas of water, then selling it back to the people for millions in profit. This has to be stopped! This is not only a contradiction to what the company claims it stands for but is against our rights as human beings!
We have chosen the individuals in this petition because they can make a change or are directly involved.
Please help save this precious resource from these types of companies. Water is not theirs to be owned! Look at the changes you have seen in your lifetimes, no matter how different any of us are, not one of us can survive without water!
Please stand with us, TruthForAmericans.org, in helping to stop this crime against every living thing.
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