hat we do: The Water Privatization Task Force (WPTF) educates and advocates to prevent corporate control of water and municipal water/sewer services and to minimize use of bottled water in order to protect ecosystems and community health and to promote democratic decision-making and environmental justice.
Breaking News: Felton, California Wrests Control of its Water System from Corporate Giant RWE
On May 30, 2008, the citizens of Felton learned of their victory. Jim Mosher with Felton FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) commented: "This is a great victory for the citizens of Felton and should inspire other communities to challenge private water utilities that are extorting huge, unjustified rate increases and failing to protect sensitive watershed properties." Full story here.
More News: Sierra Club Opposes Corporate Water Mandate
Sierra Club signs international letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations opposing formation of "CEO Water Mandate" as prime example of green washing by corporations which stand to benefit from water privatization. Click here to read letter.
Feature: Sierra Club Tells Nestlé: Let the People Decide!
Sierra Club tells Nestlé to respect the right of local communities to exercise democratic control over the use of their water. Citizen groups in California and Michigan join with Sierra Club. Club delivers letter and holds demonstration at Nestlé headquarters in Greenwich CT when shareholders meet in Switzerland.
Sierra Club is joining with other organizations across the country in urging our members and friends to take the pledge to choose tap water over bottled water. We urge you to take the pledge and send the link to your friends, your local Sierra Cllub group, other networks, and local organizations.
Whether you are concerned about the litter from plastic bottles, the toxicity from the unnecessary production and use of plastic, the cost to your town or city from having to dispose of the bottles, the undercutting of financing for high quality public water systems by the growing dependence on bottled water, or most fundamentally, turning water into a commodity to be sold for profit -- or all of the above -- please take the Think Outside the Bottle Pledge! When you do, you will also be taking action against a totally unnecessary contribution to global warming!
Feature: Threats to Our Water: NAFTA, SPP, Atlantica, Super-Corridors
describes the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America (SPP agreed to by the US, Canada and Mexico without Congressional approval), NAFTA Super-Corridors, and cross border regions like Atlantica and how they threaten to put our water up for sale. The 55 slide presentation is based on extensive research by Dr. Janet M Eaton, SCC Canadian liaison to the Water Privatization Task Force. Download here.
ACT LOCALLY TO PUSH BACK THE BUSH PRIVATIZATION AGENDA!
Looking for a gripping program for your group or chapter? We recommend THIRST, an outstanding documentary which features Sierra Club member Dale Stocking speaking out and walking the talk in Stockton CA.
THIRST also tells the story of community resistance in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Rajasthan, India and in Kyoto, Japan where activists gathered from around the globe to protest corporate water privatization. For Sierra Club screening requests, please contact email@example.com. For other groups or teachers, you can purchase or rent the film here: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/thirst.html.
Feature: Water for People and Nature: The Story of Corporate Water Privatization
This power point presentation has been developed by the Sierra Club's Corporate Accountability Committee as an educational tool for interested citizens and activists wishing to learn more about water privatization issues and for use by communities mobilizing to prevent corporate privatization of their water services and resources.