This is an e-mail I got two days ago from The Story of Stuff Project’s executive director, Michael O’Heaney. I don’t know Mr. O’Heaney but The Story of Stuff Project is the organization that is doing their best to prevent pollution and fight corporate greed through making short movies about the issues.
Today is World Water Day, honoring the important role water plays in our lives. That’s one reason I’m excited to share our latest movie with you, which tells the story of one town’s fight to protect its water from Nestlé, the world’s largest water bottler.
Cascade Locks, Oregon is heaven on earth—a small town nestled in the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge. But when Nestlé came to town several years ago with a proposal to bottle their water, citizens launched an all-out effort to protect it.Our Water, Our Future tells the story of these amazing activists and shares their advice for other communities facing water grabs around the world.
If these changemakers win, they’ll change history by providing an innovative solution to Nestlé’s attempts to privatize public water. What we need now is for Story of Stuff Community members around the world to listen to their story, and spread their message by sharing this film, so that together we can amplify the movement against Nestlé.
Nestlé may have immense resources, but we have a global community of active citizens like you on our side.
In California, Nestlé takes water from public lands affected by a historic drought. In Michigan the corporation drains lakes and rivers and fights any attempt to lessen its footprint. In Pennsylvania it bribes communities with ‘community development funds’ and tries to buy politicians to change zoning laws on the down low. But in all these communities there are brave citizens fighting back, and with your help we can give them the power they need to win.
Thank you for being part of our community!
Michael O’Heaney, Executive Director”
And their latest project about a fight one small community in Oregon started against endless corporate greed.
Nestlé did the same thing in British Columbia, bottling water for free and then selling it all over the world. Last year CBC wrote about it in this article.
Unfortunately, someone… khm, khm politicians khm government khm khm… let them do that. Knowing how hard it is to fight bureaucracy, I’m afraid that name of that person will remain hidden from a public. I just hope times will change, political situation will change and someone will step up and stop companies like Nestlé abusing our natural resources.
Today, most of the wars are fought for the control of production and distribution of the oil and gas. Tomorrow, it will be about water. And that tomorrow might come sooner than we expect.