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Day of Action for Tap Water

Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Written by Scott Gilbert

The CSA club Guelph Students for Environmental Change (GSEC) is working with the national think tank Polaris Institute on what is being billed as a “Day of Action for Tap Water”, scheduled for November 17th.

The Polaris Institute has been running a number of campaigns relating to growing concerns about bottled water, and has over the years worked closely with student groups to raise awareness on campuses.

This Day of Action is intended to “reduce consumer demand for bottled water” and here in Guelph will involve a “Walk for Water” where students are encouraged to meet at 10:30am at the UC bus loop and “Join the Water Warriors in a parade of banners, drums, speakers, leafletting, stickering, dancing, and other acts of exuberance!”

Later there will be a debate/panel discussion starting at 12:30pm in the UC courtyard with the topic being "to ban or not to ban". The University of Guelph currently does not have any bottled water bans on campus.

There will also be a street theatre dance performance by the community group “Warmer” as well as living sculptures, music (Rob and Suze, James Gordon) and raffle tickets throughout the day.

The press release quoted several statistics about the plague of bottled water. Here is an excerpt:

Bottled Water: why should you consider ditching bottles?
· Imagine a water bottle about ¼ full of crude oil - this is how much oil is used to make the plastic for that bottle
· If bottled water didn't exist enough oil would be saved to run 100,000 cars for a year!
· Plastic bottles can take up to 1000 years to degrade in landfills.
· A bottle of commercial water costs over 4,000 times more than tap water


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