Water Rights Are Being Threatened… Get With the Flow!

Documentary Flow Dam Have you seen the indie documentary Flow yet? If you missed it when it was out on tour, as I did, it's now available on DVD. It's all about water, its importance, and society's attitude towards it. One major aspect is how major corporations are taking over water rights to sell this "blue gold" as a commodity to the poorest people in need.  The film also documents the way corporations pollute the water in poor rural areas of the world so it becomes non-potable. There was a scene of how Coca-Cola was polluting the scared waters of the Ganges River in India. Another scene highlighted the Swiss multinational, Nestle raping the waters in Michigan.  Making huge profits off the land, without contributing to the community they're taking the water from. So many dreadful stories of how large, publicly traded corporations are toying with the very survival of other humans to maximize profits. There are a couple of takeaways I got after seeing this film:
  1. I will cease buying bottled water.
  2. I will boycott Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle products.
The selling of bottled water is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Why not buy bottled water? It's convenient, it's disposable, and it's healthier than tap water, right? Not by a long shot! Going to the tap in your kitchen and sticking a glass underneath the faucet is certainly easier than schelpping down to your local grocer. And most of the time those plastic bottles end up in our landfills for a few centuries, instead of the recyclers. If you think for a second that bottled water equals healthier water, I've got some oceanfront property in Arizona I'd like to sell you. Most of the time, when you drink water labeled as "mountain spring" or "from a pure iceberg in the arctic", you're really drinking go ol' tap water, and paying through the nose for it too!  There are multitudes of government officials that have to regulate public water works.  Compare that number to the "less than one person" who oversees the bottled water industry, and it makes sense that bottled water isn't necessarily healthier than tap. If you're weary of tap water (and how could you not be? The water companies and their marketing campaigns have made sure of that), use a filter and fill up a reusable container like those from Nalgene, Kor One, or my favorite, Sigg. Boycotting the biggest three soft drink makers, as I've found out is going to be one hell of a challenge. I'll give you an example, walk into your local corner store or grocer. Stand in the middle of that store and look around. Most of the products you'll see will have something to do with The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, or Nestle S.A. This not only means that my soda habit will need to be met from a different source, but it also means giving up other brands as well. Boycotting Coke will also mean foregoing:
  1. Alhambra
  2. Odwalla
  3. Honest Tea
  4. Vitamin Water
  5. Rockstar
  6. Dasani
  7. and more
Saying no to Nestle means no:
  1. S. Pellegrino
  2. Powerbar
  3. Arrowhead
  4. Haagen-Dazs
  5. Dreyer's
  6. Hot Pockets
  7. and more
Giving up Pepsi means giving up:
  1. Gatorade
  2. Naked Juice
  3. Sobe
  4. Aquafina
  5. Quaker Oats
  6. Frito Lay
  7. and more
There are other ways to take action as well, though I'm going to start with this. But first, have a view of the film. It'll open your eyes. CJ Guest Check out CJ on Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook

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