At a time when we are facing water restrictions, I can’t (well actually I can, sadly) believe we are selling one of our most precious resources, water, to a multi-national corporation for $2.25 per MILLION litres. If a resident of BC was to fill an Olympic sized pool with water it would cost them $180. It would only cost Nestle $6.25. If you have been in a convenience store lately you will see Nestle water being sold for for $2.25 per LITRE. You do the math on the profit and ask yourself, like I did, why we are allowing a foreign company to make such an outrageous profit on one of our natural resources? The Nestle chairman believes that fresh water is NOT a human right, it should have a market value like everything else. I strongly disagree with that, but if you follow his logic why isn’t Nestle paying market value for the resource?
To read more about Nestle’s water privatization push, check out this article and you can also sign the Petition to tell Nestle that water is a public right. Nestle has said that it is “is the 27th largest company in the world, the largest “foodstuffs” group in the world with annual “turnover” of $65 BILLION”. I don’t even know how much that actually is.
“The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGO’s (non-government organizations, I think he means radicals like Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross and other nefarious sorts) 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”
If you’d like an idea of Mr. Brabeck’s opinions on nature, health, organic food and water (he doesn’t get to air, but other than that his corporation has the basic human needs of food and water nailed down) check out this video. You will also get an uncensored idea of his opinion that “water is our most important natural resource” and that control should be privatized to corporations so that people “understand it’s value”. And that “a CEO’s most important social responsibility is to maintain and ensure the profitable future of the corporation”. Now I’m really angry. And worried.
And if you are as pissed at Nestle and their high handed attitude as I am, here is a list of Nestle brands you can boycott.
Each of us has the power to influence through our every day buying decisions. Individually we might each think “what I do makes no difference” but if each of us makes the attempt, it can reach a tipping point.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.
I can remember as little as 10 years ago when people stared and make jokes because I did “hippie, tree-hugger” things like bringing my own cloth bags to the grocery store, washed cans and plastic for recycling and used a backyard composter. How the times have changed.
Be that thoughful, committed citizen.
Here’s Walk Off the Earth doing an awesome cover of Pete Seeger’s “Little Boxes”. Ticky Tacky.