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About Us

Today, one in 6 people lack access to safe, affordable water and the United Nations expects this number to rise.  Amid this crisis, some of the world’s wealthiest corporations–like Nestlé and Coca-Cola–are making a profit, often at the expense of the poor.  Water, like air, is a necessity of human life.  It is also, according to Fortune magazine, “One of the world’s great business opportunities.  It promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th.”  A vibrant international movement is challenging the corporate control of this precious resource, and defending water as a public good and an inalienable right.

What We Do

  • Connect Maine communities that want to protect their water
  • Help Mainers learn about how people are mobilizing to protect their water in Maine, across the country and around the world
  • Support towns that want to protect their water from corporate mining and export by asserting the rights of communities and nature over the rights of corporations
  • Build bridges with others who want to preserve Maine’s ecology and way of life
  • Make the links between the global water crisis, climate change and the importance of protecting Maine’s water legacy
  • Give you a voice in Augusta on state water policies
  • Stand up to Nestlé and others commodifying Maine’s water

Who We Are

  • Chris Buchanan, Organizer, chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net
  • Denise Penttila, Organizer, denise(at)defendingwater(dot)net