By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com
Activists concerned that Coca-Cola might be influencing National Park Service policy were breathing a bit easier Tuesday after the Grand Canyon National Park announced it would eliminate the sale of bottled water inside the park within 30 days.
full story here: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/07/10340196-grand-canyon-banning-sales-of-bottled-water
As a major donor to the National Park Foundation, Coca Cola and the top federal parks official, Jon Jarvis, made the decision to undermine years worth of work to kick the bottle out of the Grand Canyon. Top Grand Canyon park official Stephen Martin and other officials have been working to stop the sale of bottles at the park for years. They see that bottles contribute the most to pollution of the park.
Defending Water for Life feels that favoring corporate business over the protection of this National Park is gravely irresponsible. It promotes the wrong message about the impact of bottled water on people and the planet.
Here is the article by Felicity Barringer from the New York Times, November 9, 2011:
Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban
Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation.
Stephen P. Martin, the architect of the plan and the top parks official at the Grand Canyon, said his superiors told him two weeks before its Jan. 1 start date that Coca-Cola, which distributes water under the Dasani brand and has donated more than $13 million to the parks, had registered its concerns about the bottle ban through the foundation, and that the project was being tabled. His account was confirmed by park, foundation and company officials.