Courage Campaign in the News

The Sacramento Bee: Bottled water companies under fire amid California’s drought

Environmental groups have long taken aim at bottled water companies for contributing to the glut of plastic bottles that clog landfills, streams and waterways. Now, amid California’s drought, they’re looking at the water itself.

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The San Jose Mercury News talks to Courage Campaign about Corporate Water Waste at Candlestick Park

California's historic drought is so bad people are banned from even hosing dirt off their front steps, but as iconic Candlestick Park is being demolished, thousands of gallons an hour of drinking water -- fresh from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir -- are being dumped on the rubble to hold down dust.

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The Sacramento Bee cites Courage Campaign as Governor Brown unveils his revised 2015 budget

Here are some initial reviews of the governor’s revised spending plan Thursday

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The Los Angeles Times notes Moby's email to Courage Campaign members to Save California's Water

Thirsty foods: Musician Moby joined the Courage Campaign to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to “realign” the state’s water rights. For the campaign, that means cracking down on almonds, beef and alfalfa.

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GIZMODO covers Moby's email to Courage Campaign members to Save California's Broken Water System

While most celebs are making headlines in California’s drought for their unnaturally green and fragrant lawns, a few public figures have stepped up to offer real solutions for the state. William Shatner explained his enthusiastic if somewhat unrealistic plot to siphon water from Seattle. Now Moby’s issued his own idea to save California.

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Bloomberg News looks to Courage Campaign's reaction as Nestle Plans Ways to Save Water in California

“We shouldn’t be bottling water, and we should look at the other uses of water as well, like soda and certain crops, or the crazy amount of water that goes into watering golf courses,” said Eddie Kurtz, Oakland-based executive director at Courage Campaign, a non profit organization. Nestle is urging governments to improve aqueducts and reduce incentives to waste water. Big water users are likely to increase pumping if they expect mandatory cuts are coming, which is a counter-incentive, Lopez said.

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NBC News: Ban Bottled Water? Industry Scrutinized in Parched California

"In a historic drought like we are having, it just seems like a really, really poor use of a scarce resource," said Eddie Kurtz, the executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign which is petitioning the California Water Resources Control Board to immediately shut down Nestlé's water bottling plants.

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USA TODAY cites Courage Campaign's Efforts at Starbucks Ends Bottling of California's Water

Starbucks says it will stop producing the bottled water brand Ethos Water in California due to the drought and will instead move the bottling operation to Pennsylvania.

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Uprising Radio talks to Eddie Kurtz on California's Water Crisis

Unless California experiences an El-Nino type storm system by the end of the year, the serious 4-year drought affecting the nation’s most populous state could continue into the foreseeable future. Already the agriculture industry is feeling a little of the pinch with federal water supplies being denied. And, Gov. Jerry Brown has put in place modest restrictions targeting urban water use.

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The Guardian: California drought spurs protest over 'unconscionable' bottled water business

Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit. An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.

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CBS Sacramento talks to Courage Campaign as they investigate Nestle's Expired Water Permits

One of the largest water bottling and snack producers in the country is under fire again in California as Nestle Waters using an expired permit to pump water for its water bottles.

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The LA Times name-checks Courage Campaign in the fight against the Comcast-Time Warner Merger

A handful of consumers, advocacy groups and content creators banded together in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the proposed Comcast Corp.-Time Warner Cable merger.

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The San Francisco Chronicle cites Courage Campaign as Authorities Begin to Investigate Nestle's Water Taking in California

As the drought deepens across California and water restrictions take effect, Nestle won't be making friends with this bit of news.

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AdWeek: The Bottled Water Industry Has a Major Reputation Problem

Bottled water already has a pretty nasty reputation; landfills are overflowing with two million tons of discarded water bottles (which take 1000 years to biodegrade), and it takes approximately three liters of water to package a single liter. With statistics like these, it’s hard to imagine the product’s image could get much shadier — but it just did, and it’s threatening to take Nestle’s carefully-cultivated reputation down with it.

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KPCC covers Courage Campaign's efforts as the Forest Service to reviews Nestlé's expired water permit near San Bernardino

The U.S. Forest Service says it's examining an expired permit from water bottling giant Nestlé that has allowed the company to pump water out of a national forest for years.

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ThinkProgress: In Drought-Stricken California, Nestlé’s Bottled Water Business Is Under Fire

More than 135,000 people have signed a petition by Courage Campaign, an online activist organization in California, to stop Nestlé from bottling water during the drought. “These are our water savings accounts, and we’re drawing them down like their is no tomorrow,” Eddie Kutz, Courage Campaign’s executive director, told ThinkProgress.

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