Last week, Food & Water Watch had a table at the Muddy Boot Festival as we continue to gain support for and discuss the “Keep Nestlé out of The Gorge” campaign. Unfortunately, the festival this year coincided with the heat wave and the hottest temperatures experienced in our late Oregon summer and while the turnout was low, Food & Water Watch wants to thank those of you that did come out to visit. It was an incredible treat to continue engaging in so many conversations (many of which were extremely profound) on stopping a give-away of our water by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife so that Nestlé can bottle and sell it for profit. For the entire weekend, Food & Water Watch had, in addition to myself, 5 volunteers that ran the table collecting signatures asking Governor Kitzhaber to not allow Nestlé to bottle our water.
Despite the hot weather, all of the discussions, signatures and continued support came at a fortuitous time to put the heat on Nestlé and Governor Kitzhaber. All of this support is a tremendous momentum boost as Food & Water Watch prepares to publish its economic report on the impact of Nestlé water bottling infiltrating Oregon. On the heels of publishing this economic report, Food & Water Watch, and its coalition of groups, will be meeting with the governor’s office to discuss the report’s findings. Heading into this meeting, we want to drum up as much grassroots support that we can and we want YOU to continue to be as active and vocal on this issue as possible. You can do that by sending your own personalized letter to Governor Kitzhaber asking him to protect your water from a Nestlé water bottling plant: click here to check out the handout including where to address your letter and some basic talking points – most importantly make it personal and talk about why YOU care about this issue.
We here at Food & Water Watch want to thank you for continuing to take interest in the “Keep Nestlé out the Gorge” campaign, as well as taking a stand on protecting Oregon’s water from Nestlé.