Challenging Corporate Control of Water
Challenging Corporate Control
No! to Privatization, Yes! to Community Control of Water
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
On December 2nd and 3rd, global corporations will meet in San Francisco
at a conference called “Corporate Water Footprinting: Towards a Sustainable
Water Strategy,” to discuss their use of water, and ostensibly, outline
water conservation strategies.
A conference geared towards sustainable use of water is indeed welcome,
but having the largest water abusers in charge is not.
Given the central role of water-intensive companies in the conference
– Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestlé Waters, MillerCoors, Intel, Dean Foods,
General Electric, ConAgra Foods – and the glaring absence of perspectives
from those without access to water – it is clear that the conference
is designed primarily to greenwash the practices of these very companies
that have, in many cases, led to water scarcity and water contamination
resulting in the denial of people’s access to water.
Access to water is a fundamental human right. With more than a billion
people – about one in six – lacking access to safe drinking water,
it is imperative that the international community act urgently to
meet the growing challenge of providing access to water to everyone.
Join us to challenge the corporate agenda of privatization of water
and place the focus on strengthening public institutions so that they
do what they are supposed to do – deliver a public good to the public
Speakers will include:
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Venue: Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
Sponsored by: Blue Planet Project/Council of Canadians,
Food and Water Watch, India Resource Center, Indigenous Environmental
Network, International Campaign Against Coca-Cola
Initial endorsers include: Alliance for Democracy,
Center for Political Education, Design Action, Environmental Justice
Coalition for Water, Global Exchange, Movement Generation, Institute
for Agriculture and Trade Policy, International Forum on Globalization,
International Rivers, Oakland
Institute, Other Worlds, People Organizing to Demand Environmental
& Economic Rights (PODER), Ruckus Society, The Public Trust Alliance,
Peoples Health Movement and and Women’s International League
for Peace and Freedom.
The event is free and accessible.
For more info or to endorse, contact Jeff at email@example.com or
Amit at firstname.lastname@example.org
See our position paper at http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2008/challengecorporatecontrol.html
Maude Barlow, Blue Planet Project, Council of Canadians, Special
Advisor on Water to the United Nations
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch
Caleen Sisk-Franco, Chief, Winnemum Wintu Tribe, Indigenous
Amit Srivastava, Coordinator, International Campaign Against
Coca-Cola and India Resource Center
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