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DON'T DRINK DASANI Oh and don't buy Shell Oil Edited for relevance

Recently I have a conversation with someone who was a diplomat in India and he told me how in India the people are sooo poverty stricken it is horrifying and the only thing every person rich or pour alike can have equal access to is water. For years now Coca Cola has gone to India to bottle water to meet the demand for their water. Communities across India living around Coca-Cola's bottling plants are experiencing severe water shortages, directly as a result of Coca-Cola's massive extraction of water from the common groundwater resource. The wells have run dry and the hand water pumps do not work any more. They offer to sell it back to them, at discount, what they should be getting for FREE!

As Burners we can understand what desert living is like, and without access to water that living can easily become dying. We know that right now we should all be upping our water intake in preparation for heading home. I would ask you to please consider not buying Dasani so the demand for it will drop and Coke will have no need to deplete India's water table. Coke is NOT a LNT company, there is much more to the articles about how Coca-Cola has been indiscriminately discharging its waste water into the fields around its plant and sometimes into rivers, including the Ganges, in the area. The result has been that the groundwater has been polluted as well as the soil. Public health authorities have posted signs around wells and hand pumps advising the community that the water is unfit for human consumption. The reason I posted this here is because it hit me how much water our community consumes and how strongly the burners I know believe in trying to following the Ten Principles so I thought that some of you would like the heads up.

These are excerpts from articles. If you drink Coke please stop and if you don't want to give up Coke at least stop drink their Dasani water!!!!

The study warned that the rapid growth in the industry has also ironically led to water shortages in some areas, including India where bottling of Dasani water and other drinks by the Coca-Cola company has caused shortages in more than 50 villages.
http://www.env-econ.net/2006/02/dont_drink_the_.html

Communities across India living around Coca-Cola's bottling plants are experiencing severe water shortages, directly as a result of Coca-Cola's massive extraction of water from the common groundwater resource. The wells have run dry and the hand water pumps do not work any more. Studies, including one by the Central Ground Water Board in India, have confirmed the significant depletion of the water table.
http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/

Despite enormous efforts to improve its public image through advertising, Coca Cola continues to be the prime target of attacks from rights groups in India who consider the multinational soft drink company a consistent violator of the right of local communities to have unhindered access to water.

The company's volume sales in India have shrunk in the past several months. Aside from India, the company is also running into trouble with consumer groups, student bodies and labor organizations in many other parts of the world, including the United States and Europe.

Activists in the United States claim that more than 100 colleges and universities already have anti-Coke programs in place, and about 20 schools have either banned Coke products or axed their exclusive contracts with the company.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0421-05.htm

We, the undersigned, would like to bring to your attention, a peaceful protest by the residents of Mehdiganj and its neighboring villages. The villagers of Mehdiganj are on an indefinite hunger strike to demand the closure of the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. (HCCBPL) bottling plant in Mehdiganj. The community has accused the Coca-Cola bottling plant of creating severe water shortages affecting over twenty villages, polluting agricultural land and groundwater, illegally occupying common village land, evading taxes and treating workers unfairly.

The community of Mehdiganj estimates HCCBPL draws 25 lakh liters of ground water per day in its plant, while the company itself admits to a much conservative estimate of 5 lakh liters of water per day. Even at conservative estimates, 5 lakh liters of water per day is equivalent to 24 times the water needed by a farmer with equivalent amount of land as HCCBPL (7 acres). The same is also equivalent to domestic water needs of 1250 families.

This rather large use of ground water has dried up open wells and has resulted in ground water level dropping from 30 feet to 50 feet in this region [1]. Owing to three successive years of failed monsoons, more than 20 villages were already experiencing acute water shortage in this area. HCCBPL's continued extraction of water over the this period has further exacerbated the water crisis for communities living around its bottling plant. Even as the State Water Board is considering closure of Government tube wells and bringing in tankers for drinking water supply, the bore wells at the HCCBPL plant continue to draw water everyday. No action has been taken by you to date.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/apr/14/coca-cola-dentists-india-water

here's two that says they are trying to fix the problem. Trying when the problem is over four years maybe more old and should have been addressed without villages having to go on a hunger strike. http://www.livemint.com/2009/03/17165434/Coca-Cola-targets-to-be-8216.html?h=B
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/coca-cola-aims-to-be-water-neutral-in-india-by-2009/60412/on

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/asia/july-dec08/waterwars_11-17.html


just an add to this Did you see the Lisa ling report on Shell Oil http://uk.truveo.com/Planet-in-Peril-Niger-Delta/id/278477156

large oil spill had occurred in the Bodo region, which had only recently been clamped—three months after the breach. http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/21/nothing-but-death-wafted-in-the-toxic-smelling-air/
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