Eliminating the sale and consumption of bottled water in our society is no easy task, but we believe once people understand the issues and are given the chance to make a decision about them, they’ll back the tap.
An important first step in this process is raising awareness and learning more about the issues at play around water bottling, public services and privatisation. There are a few excellent movies and books out there which can help. You can organise a screening or reading circle on your campus or in your community as a great way to start taking action.
You can sign the pledge to not drink bottled water where public tap water is available, and encourage people to do the same.
Another great way to take action is to create and register bottled water free zones. These can be a home, office, community centre, school, cafeteria, campus or any other place where people live and work. Find out how to create and register a bottled water free zone here, including downloading a small sign and tips for educating people on the issues.
You can also mobilise to affirm the commitment of your campus, workplace or community to a safe, healthy and public drinking water system and to the elimination of pollution in whatever form it takes. Many communities in Canada have already made this commitment and more are joining every day. Find out more here and become part of the solution!
Finally, be sure to join in the national day of action for Bottled Water Free Communities, Bottled Water-Free Day, on March 18th, 2013. Find out more about what’s happening across the country and register your event by clicking here.