Blue Communities Project Promotes Banning the Bottle

Published On July 30, 2012 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles

Communities around the globe continue to develop widespread movements, from protecting the vital wildlife to preserving our water sources, and many are joining the pledge to help our environment and make our world a clean and sustainable place to live.

One of the more pertinent movements we have noticed is the Blue Communities Project. This ever-growing movement founded by the Council of Canadians (CoC) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has empowered many activists, businesses and even whole communities to protect their water commons. In doing so, the project supports drinking tap water rather than bottled water.

The number of successes are increasing and Ban the Bottle wants to fully support this movement. On the Blue Communities Project website you can take the Tap Water Pledge, read recent stories of communities that have taken the pledge to becoming a Blue Community, and explore resources including various factsheets and how to get started.

Just a few of the most recent communities to become Blue includes Cumberland, British Colombia, Northern Vancouver, and Victoria. To become a Blue Community, you must follow three important actions:

  1. Recognize water as a human right
  2. Promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services
  3. Ban the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events

Many unsustainable industrial, agricultural, and municipal activities continue to pollute and deplete our world’s water sources. The Blue Communities Project is just one step we can take to diminish this negative statistic and protect our water sources.

Take the Tap Water Pledge and become a Blue Community!

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