David Suzuki Says No to Bottled Water
David Suzuki, is on a cross-country bus tour (carbon neutral, of course,) set up like a political tour to encourage Canadians to "Vote for the Environment." It has all the bells and whistles: a blog, a (gag me) theme song sung by Raffi; and an invitation to upload your political statements to youtube. (watch Randy Bachman take care of business here) Could this self-described "old fart" be more au courant?
Yes he could! He has come out swinging against bottled water. "I think in Canada it's absolutely disgusting that people are so uncertain about their water that we buy it, paying more for bottled water than we do for gasoline."...."It's nuts to be shipping water all the way across the planet, and us — because we're so bloody wealthy — we're willing to pay for that water because it comes from France," he said in an interview.
"I don't believe for a minute that French water is better than Canadian water. I think that we've got to drink the water that comes out of our taps, and if we don't trust it, we ought to be raising hell about that."
Key environmental issues with bottled water, Suzuki said, are waste and uncertainty over the long-term health effects created by plastic.
"Not only does bottled water lead to unbelievable pollution — with old bottles lying all over the place — but plastic has chemicals in it," he said.
"Plastics are ubiquitous. I don't believe that plastics are not involved in a great deal of the health problems that we face today." ::CBC
We hope to catch up with David when the Tour hits Toronto!