Across the world, Nestle is pushing to privatize and control water – including public water resources. This aggression cannot stand – and we’re here to help you make your voice heard!
As Nestle’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, explained: “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”
Yes, you read that read. According to Nestle, you – as a human being – don’t have a public right to water.
Brabeck’s quote has since gotten widespread attention, and he’s backtracked his statement, but Nestle’s policies themselves remain unchanged; as a company, they’re still quite committed to bullying communities into ceding control of their water.
We don’t have to stand up for it, though – we can use our voices to tell Nestle it has to stop, and that we do, as humans, have a right to water.
At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. For us, it means paying up to 2,000 times more for drinking water because it comes from a plastic bottle.
We don’t believe that’s right, and we suspect you feel the same: Clean water is a resource that should be available to all.
You can make your voice heard via this petition
, courtesy Story of Stuff.
Tell Nestlé to start treating water like a public right, not a source for private profits!