to Protect Water Passes Unanimously Holly Wren Spaulding
On the evening before elections, the Traverse City Commission
endorsed a resolution urging all governmental entities of
the world to protect fresh water from commercial diversion,
bottling and exploitation.
It stated in part that "the Earth's fresh water belongs
to the earth and all species, and therefore must not be
treated as a private commodity to be bought, sold and traded
Authored by Sweetwater Alliance North, and supported
by NMEAC, Sierra Club, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation
(MCWC), and We Are Traverse City Inc., the room erupted
into applause when the resolution received unanimous support
from the City Commissioners.
Currently, over one billion people do not have access to
safe drinking water. The "solutions" being planned
and implemented by global corporations, according to M'Lynn
Hartwell, amount to schemes to sell water to the highest
bidder. One case of "water for profit"
that concerns many who were in the Commission chambers that
night is the Ice Mountain water bottling factory in central
"This commercialization needs to be recognized and
taken into consideration by some long range and early planning
to assure an orderly and timely development of well designed
structures to protect this resource." said Bob Marshall
in a statement for NMEAC.
In her statement to the Commission, Holly Spaulding of Sweetwater
Alliance North said transnational Nestle Corporation has
stated that if their Ice Mountain brand of water is successful,
they will build more wells and bottling plants in Michigan.
In opposition to that idea, the resolution states, "We
urge that a moratorium be imposed whereby fresh water cannot
be bottled and/or sold without a public process to determine
its sustainability, and the environmental impact.
Resolution supporters believe it sends a message to any
corporations that might be eyeing the Traverse Area for
future water diversion schemes.
"I see this as our opportunity to be leaders in stewardship,
in protecting basic human rights, leaders in preserving
the character of our communities," said Justin Rowe
of Sweetwater North.
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