I have worked with Food & Water Watch – Maine on bottled water issues for almost five years, and I am always so excited when new people join our growing movement against corporate control of our most precious natural resource. I met Nina and her mother Molly, recently, and I was immediately inspired. Nina is nine years old, in third grade, and loves to swim. Nina was not shy at all about discussing her bottled water work at her local elementary school.
“I found out about global warming through nature shows and I realized that polar bears were endangered, so I wanted to do my part in helping the polar bears by helping people notice that plastic water bottles are NOT cool,” Nina explained one afternoon. “One of the reasons I want to keep the ocean clean is because I love swimming and I don’t want to swim in trash or have the fish be sick.”
Nina started the Protect Our Land and Resources (POLAR) Kids Club at school. She and other club members have been speaking in classes, holding raffles for Take Back the Tap reusable water bottles, meeting with teachers and administration, and collecting student signatures to ban bottled water and plastics from their school. POLAR has collected more than 500 signatures already, from a school of 700 students!
Nina’s work is most important right here in Maine because we are facing a huge battle with the bottled water industry giant Nestle North America, which owns Poland Spring. Nestle is looking to go into a 45-year contract with a water district right here in Maine. We need more and more Mainers, young and old, to learn from Nina’s story and work in their communities to ban bottled water to protect our natural resources for Nina’s generation and beyond.
Molly is proud of her daughter’s hard work. “I’m really proud of Nina for being passionate about an important issue and working to share her ideas with her peers, and not giving up. She has put aside her own fear of public speaking for the sake of this cause about which she feels so strongly. For her, the ideas are simple and she is motivated to protect the environment. Her reasons are not political or economical, it’s simply the right thing to do.” I couldn’t agree more.
"… Yet the representative from this district is taking a stand with financial interests above the people in his district. He is representing the interests of people who have money and stand to make a lot of money off this practice, even when they know that there’s a very powerful and strong chance that they will be poisoning their neighbors, their community, their land, their water, their air, and their children…"
Activists gather outside Senator Golden’s office in New York to demand a full ban on fracking, and to stop the assault on public health.
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Private water companies want to profit on people’s suffering due to lack of water. This year’s World Water Forum — sponsored by those water companies — is sparsely attended while the global water justice movement has organized an alternative gathering with over 2,000 registered participants. The real solutions will be found at this alternative event in communities around the world.
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Food & Water Watch (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org) Executive Director Wenonah Hauter challenges the July 13 meeting of the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy, Advisory Board Safety on Shale Gas Development on a number of fronts.
Gasland director Josh Fox tells the panel that the citizens are missing from the July 13 meeting of the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy, Advisory Board Safety on Shale Gas Development
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Fracking is a false promise that will destroy our communities. Newly uncovered emails from industry insiders show that natural gas companies are having an "Enron" movement. So why does Governor Cuomo support fracking? Go to www.foodandwaterwatch.org and tell Govenor Cuomo, "Ban fracking."