Ginnie Springs, a fragile natural spring in Florida, helps supports a unique ecosystem home to rare turtles and wintering manatees.
Right now, Nestlé is siphoning off water from Ginnie Springs and sending it to Publix, Florida’s biggest grocery chain. Together, these two corporations are making millions off of Florida’s most precious natural resource.
If Publix stopped selling off Ginnie Springs in plastic bottles, it would cut out a huge market for Nestlé’s ill-gotten water — and send a powerful message that Floridians won’t put up with yet another corporate water grab.
Local townspeople are already fighting night and day to save their springs, but they need your help. Will you add your name to protect this special place from corporate greed?
Sign the petition: Tell Publix to stop profiting from the destruction of Florida’s water supply.
Nestlé is already using an expired permit to bottle a small amount of water from Ginnie Springs. But it wants more. Nearly a half-billion gallons a year more.
Right now, Florida officials are deciding whether to approve the permit Nestlé needs to dramatically ramp up the destruction. If Publix stops selling Ginnie Springs water, it would prove that there’s no economic reason to let Nestlé plunder the springs.
Ginnie Springs supplies more than drinking water. It feeds into the Suwannee River ecosystem, a special place where manatees, birds and turtles thrive. Few places on earth have so many turtle species living together.
But this area is under threat. The springs and rivers are at just a fraction of their historic flow, killing off the aquatic plants that feed the turtles and manatees. Experts agree this precious ecosystem can’t handle any more water extraction.
Tell Publix: Florida is your home, too. Protect your state’s water and wildlife now and for the future.
You’ve successfully convinced big grocery store chains to change before. Thanks to hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members like you, Kroger created a major policy protecting bees from toxic pesticides.
You have also helped small towns all over the world fight Nestlé’s water-sucking ways.
And now the people and wildlife that depend on Ginnie Springs need your help in the battle against Publix and Nestle.
Will you add your name to save Florida’s water supply from corporate greed?