Traverse City Record-Eagle

Generation Why

June 1, 2010

It's simple: Don't drink water in bottles

Imagine a world with no fresh water. The idea may seem impossible to some. I, however, feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Fresh water is taken for granted in our society. The thought of it eventually running out doesn't occur to a lot of people. Congress is allowing the bottled water company, Nestle, to pump 300 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to sell back to Michigan residents.

Water not only is being stolen from us, but communities in India around Coca-Cola's water bottling plants are experiencing extreme water shortages directly resulting from Coca-Cola pumping their groundwater. Their wells have run dry and their hand pumps do not work anymore. Most of the people in these areas cannot even afford to buy Coca-Cola's water.

Not only is Coca-Cola stealing water from people in India, but it also is polluting its groundwater and soil by dumping its wastewater into fields around its plants. Serious action needs to be taken to stop these companies before it's too late.

Congress obviously does not care about this issue because it is allowing these companies to take one of our earth's most important resources and sell it back to us to make a quick buck. So it's up to the people to take responsibility and stop these companies.

The solution is simple: Stop drinking bottled water! If everyone stopped buying bottled water, plants owned by companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestle would shut down and the problem would be solved.

This only will work if the majority of the population takes action. The word needs to be spread about where bottled water actually comes from. Instead of having to buy bottled water every time you need a drink, buy a reusable water bottle that you can fill up with tap water. Not only will you be helping the movement to stop these companies from stealing water, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

So the decision is left up to you: Continue to support these companies and buy their bottled water, or make the choice to stop buying bottled water and make one of the first steps to a better world.

Resources

Campaign to hold Coca-Cola responsible: http://indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/"Will Bottled Water Companies Suck the Great Lakes Dry?" www.alternet.org/water/140946/will_bottled_water_companies_suck_the_great_lakes_dry/

Nili Magee is a senior at TBA Career-Tech Center.

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