Novel Approach to Water Rights

Posted by Miwa at Mar 05, 2009 10:46 PM |

Came to our attention via Island Breath Blog: A small town in Maine has voted to pass a Rights-Based ordnance, giving rights to their ecosystem and denying the right of “personhood” to corporations–an attempt to prevent multi-national bottled water corporation Nestle Waters from bottling more of the town’s groundwater.

Nestle is the world’s largest food and beverage company and has very deep pockets. However, we won’t back down, we are the stewards of this most precious resource water, and we want to protect it for future generations.

Activists in Maine are well aware that the Nestle Corporation is not just interested in expanding for the purpose of filling their Poland Springs bottles today, they are interested in the control of Maine’s abundant water resources for the future. They are expanding in many parts of this country from McCloud, California to Maine. Nestle is positioning themselves to capitalize on the emerging crisis of global water scarcity.

The right to water is a social justice issue and we believe that it should not be sold to those who can afford it, leaving the world’s poorest citizens thirsty. Citizens will do a much better job of protecting this resource than a for-profit corporation.

You can see the full statement from the Save our Water Steering committee and video of the vote at:

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