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Maine Communities Fight Nestle Over Water, and Win! (audio)

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Poland Spring abandons plan to extract water in Shapleigh, Sanford News Water bottler retreats from Newfield, Kennebunk Post […]

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Should nature be able to take you to court?

By Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Boston Globe

Last February, the town of Shapleigh, Maine, population 2,326, passed an unusual ordinance. Like nearby towns, Shapleigh sought to protect its aquifers from the Nestle Corporation, which draws heavily on the region for its Poland Spring bottled water. Some Maine towns had acquiesced, others had protested, and one was locked in a protracted legal battle.

Shapleigh tried something new – a move at once humble in its method and audacious in its ambition. […]

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Waterville (ME) Opera House packed for World Premiere of "Tapped"

Over 250 people packed the Waterville (ME) Opera House for the World Premiere of “Tapped” on Sunday, July 12. Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottle water.

Grassroots organizations from Fryeburg, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells, Shapleigh and Newfield celebrated before the film with the Tapped production team.

Photos – All photos copyright V. Kelly Bellis; can be freely used with proper credit. High-resolution pictures are available […]

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"Water Rights in Maine" WERU-FM special

Water Rights in Maine (1 hour, recorded April 30, 2009)

Guests: Emily Posner, Defending Water in Maine Shelly Goibelle, POWWR (Protecting Our Water & Wildlife Resources) Rep. Jim Schatz, Maine Legislator

“Community Bill of Rights” Thomas Linzey on Democracy Now

This segment is 7 minutes; Download 27 MB file in .mp4 format. Watch, listen, or download entire 1 hour DN! program (Apr. 21, 2009)

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Earth Jurisprudence: Legal Rights for Gaia

By Susan Meeker-Lowry, Culture Change

Man takes his law from the Earth; the Earth takes its law from Heaven; Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is. – Tao The King (Tao Te Ching), ch. 25

Have you noticed a shift in the dialog around climate change lately? There’s less talk of prevention, or even avoiding the worst of it, in favor of finding ways of adapting to […]

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"Tapped" film examines bottled water industry

An upcoming film about the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. Produced by Atlas Films.

Newfield Passes Ban On Large Scale Water Extraction

WCSH-TV Ch. 6, Mar.15, 2009

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The town of Newfield is now the second in Maine to ban large-scale water extraction.

Saturday’s vote was 228 in favor of the new ordinance and 146 against. The vote is a reaction to interest from Poland Spring Water and its parent company, Nestle, in pumping water from an aquifer shared by Newfield and Shapleigh.

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Shapleigh Vote video

Democracy in Action! Citizens vote 114 to 66 for rights-based Ordinance.

Radio coverage of the Shapleigh Ordinance vote (audio)

“RadioActive” program on WERU, March 5, 2009 (12 min.)

Free Speech Radio News, March 2, 2009 (2 min.)