Target: Jody Noiron, San Bernadino National Forest Supervisor
Goal: Cease all Nestle water bottling operations in California.
The California drought is incredibly painstaking for all involved. Residents are now required to monitor their water usage; almond growers are receiving negative publicity for the amount of water they use; wildlife faces an uncertain future; and the government is attempting to navigate the state’s future, which from an environmental standpoint is looking dismal. As it seems, residents and almond growers are on the receiving end of the blame though these parties are not the worst offenders. Nestle has continued to source mass amounts of water from California, despite the drought.
Not only is Nestle ensuring that its profits do not flounder, even though there is not enough water to sustain Californians or wildlife, it is operating with an expired permit, and has been for 27 years. Nestle has been pumping and bottling water from a National Forest in California illegally, formerly unbeknownst to the United States Forest Service.
Bottling an unknown amount of water to export elsewhere during a serious drought is irresponsible and should be made illegal. Adding to the equation the fact that said bottling is happening on an expired permit is cause for the bottling to be banned entirely. Now that this issue has been brought to light, the Forest Service has pledged to investigate Nestle and its illegal practices. Urge the Forest Service to ban Nestle from bottling water entirely until California’s drought is history.
Dear Ms. Noiron,
As you are now aware, Nestle has been operating in California on an expired permit. The company has been sourcing and bottling from a water source in a National forest illegally for 27 years. It is terrible that the company has been dishonest for so long though it is much worse that the company is still taking water from California to export when the state is in a terrible drought.
You and your colleagues have pledged to soon look into Nestle’s illegal practices. I thank you for understanding the severity of this issue. However, I propose that Nestle cease sourcing in California entirely, at least until it is no longer in a state of emergency. Bottling water is incredibly unsustainable; not only because it uses tons of water that should be dispersed otherwise, but because it is a cause of pollution from poor recycling practices and energy usage.
Please consider banning Nestle from sourcing water in California. The company is a large part of the problem and has nothing to do with the solution that California needs.
[Your Name Here]
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