There's a real David and Goliath battle unfolding in drought-stricken Oregon.
For years, giant multinational Nestlé has been bent on pumping fresh water out of Cascade Locks, Oregon, to bottle and sell for profit -- a plan that local residents have been fighting for the last six years.
Now Nestlé is closing in on making this deal a reality. And local residents, tribal leaders, and regional NGOs have come together to launch a last ditch effort to thwart the water-pilfering corporation in its tracks. They've launched a historic ballot initiative to prevent any major bottled water company from commercializing water anywhere in the region.
Show your support for the people-power driven ballot initiative to stop Nestlé in Oregon.
This ballot measure comes at a crucial moment. As the world eyes an impending water crisis, brought on by climate change and the mismanagement of natural resources, corporations like Nestlé and Coca-Cola are eyeing precious natural water reserves, too often in economically desperate areas that are themselves facing water shortages.
Mega-conglomerates like Nestlé take advantage of economic duress to cut deals that permit them to suck up public resources and make gross amounts of profit. Which is why this defiant stand against Nestlé is so important – it shows that our communities will not let corporations take their precious resources without a fight.
The ballot measure has been filed and Oregon residents are furiously collecting signatures around Hood River -- the county where the battle is unfolding-- to get the initiative on the ticket for the next year's election. It's truly a mobilization to stop corporate greed in its tracks.
And should this initiative be successful, the effects could be game changing. This legislation could serve as a national benchmark and a crucial model to any region around the world looking to keep its natural resources out of the reach of Big Bottled Water..
This battle has will have repercussions not just in Oregon, not just in the United States, but around the world. Click here to show your support for the people powered fight against Nestlé.
SumOfUs is built on putting people over profits – and that's exactly what this fight is about. Together SumOfUs members have come together to pressure corporations to straighten out their palm oil supply chains. Together we've stood with Peruvian farmers against giant mining corporations like Newmont. Now it's time to side with the people of Oregon in their revolutionary stand against Nestlé.
Click here to show your support for the people-powered initiative against Nestlé's water grab and stand with communities battling privatization everywhere.