World’s First Ban on Bottled Water – Global One TVhttp://www.globalone.tv/group/sustainablesolutions/forum/topics/worlds-first-ban-on-bottled
SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian town pulled all bottled water from its shelves Saturday and replaced it with refillable bottles in what is believed to be a world-first ban.
Hundreds of people marched through the picturesque rural town of Bundanoon to mark the first day of its bottled water ban by unveiling a series of new public drinking fountains, said campaign spokesman John Dee.
Shopkeepers ceremoniously removed the last bottles of water from their shelves and replaced them with reusable bottles that can be filled from fountains inside the town’s shops or at water stations in the street.
"Every bottle today was taken off the shelf and out of the fridges so you can only now buy refillable bottles in shops in Bundanoon," Dee told AFP.
The tiny town, two hours south of Sydney, voted in July to ban bottled water after a drinks company moved to tap into a local aquifer for its bottled water business.
"In the process of the campaign against that the local people became educated about the environmental impact of bottled water," said Dee.
"A local retailer came up with this idea of well why don’t we do something about that and actually stop selling the bottled water and it got a favourable reaction," he said.
Dee said the 2,000-person town had made international headlines with their bid, which he hoped would spur communities across the world to action.
"Whilst our politicians grapple with the enormity of dealing with climate change what Bundanoon shows is that at the very local level we can sometimes do things that can surprise ourselves, in terms of our ability to bring about real and measurable change that has a real benefit for the environment," he said.
The cash savings only made the project more compelling, he added.
"I think that’s why this campaign is doing so well, because we’re saying to people you can save money and save the environment at the same time," said Dee. "The alternative doesn’t have a sexy brand, doesn’t have pictures of mountain streams on the front of it, it comes out of your tap."
Activists say bottling water causes unnecessary use of plastics and fuel for transport. A New South Wales study found that in 2006, the industry was responsible for releasing 60,000 tonnes of gases blamed for global warming.
check out this brillant shot that I found on flickr, its absolutley amazing!! Had to share!!
This poem for me speaks the truth, especially in the early days of my relationship.
by Sara Teasdale
They came to tell your faults to me,
They named them over one by one;
I laughed aloud when they were done,
I knew them all so well before, —
Oh, they were blind, too blind to see
Your faults had made me love you more.
Home now from another exhausting trip to the old GRiv, and I am not to sure how I truly feel about being home. Leaving my poppa was so hard, I know he needs time to be alone to grieve, but at the same time, I want to be there to help him around the house.
The service was beautiful, it was lovely to have Dave play the bagpipes to lead my family in and to lead us out. I was so impressed with the lump, he didn’t even cry, just stared with a look of determination, almost as if he was trying to figure out a way to get his hands on them! The town really comes together in an event like this, and there are so many people to thank, for all of their hard work. Its really nice too, when they are saying their condolences and you know they are truly heartfelt, for most of them, loved my grandmother as much as we did.
Now that I am home, I have a million chores to do, so I should get off my butt and get to it!
When ever life starts to get a bit bumpy, I start to miss my hometown tremendously. The sweet smell of pine trees, starry night sky, the sound of crickets, and just the fresh air that clears my head the way nothing else can. Living in the city for me is mearly out of convience and nothing more, its not long term by no means. For now I have to be ok with just starting longingly at photos…here is one of my favorites.
Shall I dare say it???? SPRING IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How glorious it is too might I add! Coudln’t have come at a better time for me too, I was starting to get really down with all that has been going on in my life. Time to dust off the gardening tools and get out into my yard! Happy spring everyone!