Courage Campaign in the News

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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The Sacramento Bee previews Courage Campaign's Support to Expand Medi-Cal

WALK ON: With SB 4 facing its first hearing before the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, supporters of the bill to expand Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants will march to the Capitol today. After departing from the Embassy Suites on Capitol Mall at 10:30 a.m. and rallying on the north steps of the Capitol, immigrant rights advocates from Young Invincibles, the Courage Campaign, Health Access California and the California Immigrant Policy Center will be joined by the legislation’s author, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, for a press conference at noon. SB 4 is the centerpiece of a package of bills introduced last week by Democrats to expand protections for people who are in the country illegally.

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Business Insider cites Courage Campaign as Outrage Towards Nestlé's Water Bottling Plant Grows

California just entered its fourth year in record-breaking drought, but that hasn't stopped food and beverage giant Nestlé from drawing water from multiple reserves in the state to make its bottled water.

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The San Bernardino Sun: Group seeks to stop Nestlé’s water-bottling operations

If Nestlé, which operates three of five statewide water bottling operations in Southern California, does not shut down, the group, called Courage Campaign, wants the State Water Resources Control Board to step in and close the bottling operations. “Taking the groundwater, packaging it and selling it is not a good use of water,” said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign.

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USA TODAY covers Courage Campaign's efforts to save California's Water from Nestle

One group, Courage Campaign, last month launched an online petition in response to recent news coverage, demanding that Nestle stop bottling water in California during the drought. "Every time someone signs the petition, it deploys an email to Nestle and also to the water board," said Eddie Kurtz executive director of the Los Angeles-Calif.-based advocacy group. More than 135,000 people have signed. "At a certain point, we cap them and then we send a group email at the end of the day so that they don't mark us as spam."

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ABC News: Nestlé Needs to Stop Bottling Water in Drought-Stricken California, Advocacy Group Says

An advocacy group is accusing Nestlé of taking advantage of California’s dwindling supply of water. The California-based nonprofit Courage Campaign started an online petition about two weeks ago, demanding Nestlé stop “bottling the scarce resource straight from the heart of California’s drought and selling it for profit.”

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KPIX-FM talks to Courage Campaign's Eddie Kurtz on Nestlé CA Water Bottling Operations

“We’re using this moment and Nestlé to organize opposition to certainly any sort of ground water in California being bottled for sale. [It] just doesn’t make any sense in this drought,” said Eddie Kurtz executive director of CourageCampaign.org. State Water Resources Control Board chair Felicia Marcus warns against pulling the plug on bottled water, even though she agrees that there are reasons that bottled water is problematic. She points out that bottled water is useful for the communities that don’t have tap water available to drink. “There are environmental waste reasons. There’s the fact that tap water meets stricter standards in some ways and mostly you have a lot of communities that are paying for water out the tap and drinking bottled water because of marketing, when the water from the tap is perfectly fine,” Marcus said.

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Jezebel Cites Courage Campaign's Petition Calling Out Nestlé's Water Theft

The Nestle Corporation has come under fire recently for bottling and selling water during one of the most severe droughts in Western North American history. Here's the kicker, though: what they're doing is perfectly legal.

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