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A look at the environmental impact of the Nestle corporation, climate change, and what the US government is doing to lead the way.

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  1. 1. Nestlé, May We Drink Our Water?
  2. 2. The Article in Review • Nestlé Waters North America controls 14 brands of bottled water • Poland Springs bottles water out of communities like Fryeburg, Maine, at up to 603,000 gallons per day • Communities in Maine are in legal disputes with Nestlé for control over their own renewable resource
  3. 3. Nestlé Waters North America bottled water brands and locations
  4. 4. “ ” Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right… -
  5. 5. • Nestlé pumps underground water from many drought stricken areas in North America • They operate under contracts signed decades ago • As population increases, the need for groundwater resources in each community increases • Increased water pumping for outside populations threatens the growth of the local economy The Business Strategy
  6. 6. Isn’t There Enough Water for Everyone? • National and International scientists agree: climate change is happening • Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer • Earth’s temperature is +1.4 ºF globally 1900-2000 • Extreme weather changes: more frequent intense rain and severe heat waves • Ice caps are melting, causing sea levels to rise • Ocean temperatures are rising and turning more acidic
  7. 7. EPA report: humans are mainly the cause of rising greenhouse gases over the past 150 years
  8. 8. Pumping Underground Water has Big Implications • Land Subsidence is the shift in land- surface elevations – mainly caused by human interference • Pumping water creates fissures in the land – large cracks that cause damage to roads and buildings • This damage to the Earth is permanent • Local communities are left struggling to fix their infrastructures
  9. 9. What Does the Future Hold? • Maine granted a provision for Nestlé to pump water for another 45 years • Nestlé continues to take advantage of antiquated water rights laws • Instead of promoting sustainable public water systems, Nestlé is creating a dependency on their bottled product
  10. 10. In Their Own Words… Direct from • “Our commitment: Raise awareness on water conservation and improve access to water and sanitation across our value chain.” • 2015 Objective: Provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene of an appropriate standard at the workplace for every Nestlé employee • 2016 Objective: Provide water, sanitation, and hygiene projects to 350,000 beneficiaries in local communities surrounding Nestlé manufacturing communities and those in the Farmer Connect areas
  11. 11. Do the Benefits Outweigh the Cost? • The Community of Cascade Locks in Oregon voted 69% in favor of blocking corporate giant Nestlé from pumping 100 mil gallons of water annually from Oxbow Springs • The plant would have supplied the community with 50 jobs
  12. 12. “ ” When you talk to them about water…right after they have a drought, there is not enough misinformation the opposition can throw at voters to make them buy it. In response to the overwhelming decision to block Nestlé from pumping water at Oxbow Springs – Julia DeGraw, for national watchdog organization, Food and Water watch
  13. 13. “ ” Shipping water outside of our county seems like poor stewardship, especially during a time of shortage and droughts. Our families, farms, and the fish in our rivers should be our top priority. In response to the overwhelming decision to block Nestlé from pumping water at Oxbow Springs - Michael Barthmus, Hood River County businessman
  14. 14. Is Nestle Really to Blame? • Nestlé’s corporate responsibility plan is wordy, with minimal content • What do we demand, as a country, from big businesses? • Does our government use big businesses to deflect their own responsibility?
  15. 15. What the US Government does to help • Our government has created multiple initiatives and policies in regards to the environment • A look through multiple government web site touts the most recent administration’s dedication to the environment • These policies are wordy, with very little substance • There are no specific examples of how these policies are protecting the environment from the biggest risks
  16. 16. Total US Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector, 2014
  17. 17. The US in Comparison to Scotland • Corporate giant Nestlé appears to be “all in” for the environment across the pond • Most recently, Nestlé signed a contract to pull half of it’s energy needs for the UK and Ireland from a Scottish wind farm • A search for news articles relating to Nestlé’s environmental impact in the UK came back positive articles – the exact opposite of the US
  18. 18. Monkey See, Monkey Do • The way the government treats the environment in the US is a gateway for all companies operating here • Scotland’s State of the Environment report clearly outlines what has been done in the past to improve environmental conditions, current opportunities, and plans to improve those numbers • Scotland’s government has a clearly defined stance on the environment – they lead the example for all residents and corporations that wish to thrive in their community
  19. 19. Is it a Fair Comparison? • Scotland has a smaller population and land area • The entire UK is less square footage than California • Is it easier to govern a smaller area, and is the governing body more likely to empathize with local concerns?
  20. 20. The Federal Stronghold Over the States • The US government owns 1/3 of the country’s land • Should states be allowed to govern themselves? • Can we impact the environment at the local level, modeling successful small countries?
  21. 21. “ ” Men Argue. Nature Acts. - Voltaire
  22. 22. Works Cited • “Access and Conservation.” Nestle Global, conservation?v. Accessed 18 September 2016. • Germanos, Andrea. “In “Profound Loss for Maine’s Citizens,” Court Oks Sale of Town’s Water to Nestle”. Common Dreams: Breaking News and Views, oks-sale-towns-water-nestle. Accessed 18 September 2016. • Latham, Mark. “Heat pump firm wins contract to support UK-first solar thermal network.” The Herald, pport_UK_first_solar_network/. Accessed 18 September 2016. • “Nestlé acclaimed as ‘world leader’ for action to tackle climate change.” Nestlé Global, Accessed 18 September 2016. • “Nestlé signs Sanquhar wind farm deal.” BBC News, 22 June 2016, Accessed 18 September 2016.
  23. 23. Works Cited • “Nestlé Waters North America bottled water brands and locations.” Chief Packaging Officer, 10 October 2015, markano-nestle-waters-na/. Accessed 18 September 2016. • “Sources of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” US Environmental Protection Agency, gas-emissions. Accessed 18 September 2016. • “State of the Environment Report.” Scotland’s Environment, 25 July 2015, environment-summary/. Accessed 18 September 2016. • “This Oregon County Said ‘No’ to Nestle and Won in a ‘Landslide Victory’.” EcoWatch, 19 May 2016, county-said-no-to-nestle-and-won-in-a-landslide-victory- 1891135271.html. Accessed 18 September 2016.