President Obama arrives in Alaska today for a three-day trip, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Arctic. Obama is expected to emphasize the impact of climate change on the heels of his administration’s decision to allow Shell to resume oil drilling in the Arctic, a move environmentalists warn will fuel climate change. We’ll have more on the visit later in the broadcast.
Obama to Restore Mount McKinley’s Alaska Native Name, “Denali”
On the eve of his trip to Alaska, Obama announced the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak will be changed from Mount McKinley to Denali—its traditional Alaska Native name. Ohio’s congressional delegation had fought to defend the name McKinley, which honors former President William McKinley, who was from Ohio. But Alaska Natives have long viewed the name as imperialist.
Obama’s trip to Alaska comes amid the latest extreme weather fueled by global warming. Tropical Storm Erika battered the Caribbean island of Dominica late last week, killing at least 20 people and leaving 31 missing. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the island had been set back 20 years by the damage, which he described as “monumental.” Scientists have warned climate change will cause tropical storms like Erika to intensify.
Democracynow.org – Weeks after approving Shell’s plans to drill in Alaska, President Obama is heading to the state to warn about the dangers of climate change. “Alaska’s glaciers are melting faster, too, threatening tourism and adding to rising seas,” Obama said in his weekly address. A protest is scheduled today in Anchorage to urge Obama to reverse his decision on Shell and stop all exploratory drilling in the Arctic. We speak to Richard Steiner, an Alaskan marine conservation biologist, who is speaking at the “Our Climate, Our Future” rally.
John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore and Michael Shure of The Young Turks discuss news that mega food corporation Nestle has been caught using expired permits to extract water for bottling from National Parks in California.
“Nestle Waters North America holds a longstanding right to use this water from the national forest near San Bernardino. But the U.S. Forest Service hasn’t been keeping an eye on whether the taking of water is harming Strawberry Creek and the wildlife that depends on it. In fact, Nestle’s permit to transport water across the national forest expired in 1988. It hasn’t been reviewed since, and the Forest Service hasn’t examined the ecological effects of drawing tens of millions of gallons each year from the springs.
Even with California deep in drought, the federal agency hasn’t assessed the impacts of the bottled water business on springs and streams in two watersheds that sustain sensitive habitats in the national forest. The lack of oversight is symptomatic of a Forest Service limited by tight budgets and focused on other issues, and of a regulatory system in California that allows the bottled water industry to operate with little independent tracking of the potential toll on the environment.”
Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck has stated that water is not a right, but an exploitable resource and commodity that should be leveraged for money. Nestlé’s unabashed greed in regards to witholding water from people is well documented, and Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace discuss it in this clip from Buzzsaw.
Abby Martin talks to Sheila Muxlow, campaign director of the WaterWealth Project, about Nestlé’s massive water extraction operation in Hope, Canada, what North Americans can do to protect this valuable resource from exploitation.
Documental dirigido por Stephanie Soechtig sobre el agua embotellada y el ciclo de esta industria (con los problemas que genera), que además revela información que mucha gente no conoce sobre lo que hay detrás de este “producto”.
Este es un tema que necesita soluciones drásticas, inmediatas y globales. Una buena parte de la solución está en el cambio de percepción y de comportamiento en los consumidores, pero también es urgente un cambio general en la industria, en las formas de distribución y evidentemente en el diseño de los empaques.
A todos nos toca aportar soluciones, pero a los diseñadores y a la gente involucrada en esta industria nos toca una responsabilidad aún mayor para generar soluciones.
Piensa cómo puedes reducir y hasta eliminar el consumo del agua embotellada y sustituirla por otras vías de administración (agua de la llave hervida o filtrada, recipientes reutilizables, etc.).
Nestlé’s unfair and inhumane tactics with regard to water have been brought to light in many excellent documentaries, e.g., For Love of Water, Blue Gold, Tapped and Bottled Life. This segment from Breaking the Set (11 June 2013) is good despite its brevity, but still does only scratch the surface.
My wife and I have been boycotting all Nestle products for over three years.
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