Response to the referendum question to ban bottled water sales on campus
Thursday, March 1, 20124 Comments
I am assuming that the referendum banning bottled water on campus will pass. It doesn’t seem right that the ‘yes’ side has a paragraph of information on the ballot while the ‘no’ side has none. It will likely be an issue of people deciding what should be a personal choice, and then forcing their ideas on the hundreds of people who disagree.
I disagree with banning bottled water, and it is the most misguided issue that young people are into today. Would you ban Coke, since it’s made by the same company, larger more wasteful bottles, less healthy, more expensive, and uses the same water, with added sugar, chemicals, and colour? Banning bottled water does not “save the planet” it gives people less choice, more wasteful options, more unhealthy options, and it imposes your ideas on others. Personally I take a canteen and use tap water, but I know many who think Guelph tap water tastes terrible, chemically over treated, and like a swimming pool full of chlorine. So you are telling them to drink Coke, juice, or vitamin water, and taking away the healthiest, most inexpensive, and least wasteful choice. People who come on campus for business, and meetings can’t be expected to know to carry canteens and fill them up at fountains, nor should they be forced to drink Coke.
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