People from across Maine brought trash bags full of empty plastic water bottles to Pierce Atwood to demonstrate the physical ramifications of the corporate bottling industry for Maine’s landfills. Continue reading
[Comment: Glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau feed water into the Mekong River Basin. Global warming is and will continue to endanger the glaciers. Although this climate-driven threat to the water supply of the hugely populated Mekong River Basin is still in its early stages, tensions in the Basin are already moving toward conflict. Lance; also see: Rising Tide ]
“Almost all the major rivers of Asia originate there. Tibet’s status thus is unique: No other area in the world is a water repository of such size, serving as a lifeline for much of an entire continent.”
Nestle’s biggest lever with rural communities has always been the promise of jobs, yet what happens to those jobs when the market slows, yet the demand for profits doesn’t?
Nestle Lays Off 78% of Calistoga Workforce
By Emma Bouthillette, Kennebunk Post, Nov. 21, 2008
During the Nov. 4 election, 68 percent of Wells voters voted to enact a 180-day moratorium on all water extraction activities allowing time to develop a town ordinance in regard to water extraction.
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“There is a virulent strain of optimism among activists as community after community has resisted Nestle. There is definitely a movement ‘bubbling up’ around the state to protect groundwater resources from corporate exploitation,” Save Our Water organizer Jamilla El-Shafei said in a Nov. 6 press release. Continue reading
Calistoga Beverage Company (Nestle) announces plan to cut 78% of workforce