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How one Grandma can change the world and the fight to ban bottled water

May 5, 2010 by Rachel Harvey

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Even if you don't agree with the issue, this is an interesting debate and a very cool grandma!
Check her out in the video. (http://tinyurl.com/29s49hr)

~Concord votes to ban sale of bottled water~ (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com)

CONCORD, Mass. - Voters have banned the sale of bottled water in Concord, effective Jan. 1, 2011. The vote occurred Thursday night during the Concord Town Meeting's final session.

The Concord Journal is reporting that the ban was championed by petitioner Jean Hill, 82, who gave a slide presentation at the meeting about the environmental impact of plastic bottles.

"We only have one planet and I just don't want to see it spoiled," said Jean Hill, who introduced the measure at Concord's Town Meeting.

See (http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/concord-votes-to-ban-sale-of-bottled-water-20100501)

"It's unclear whether the ban on bottled water is legal, but even if the decision is reversed or the town faces legal challenges, Hill is finally drawing attention to her cause." As another source reports " the United States alone requires four million barrels of oil (two-thirds of it imported) in order to simply make bottled water." (http://tinyurl.com/3xkq3cg)

Here is the Pacific Institute's data on all plastic bottle manufacture in the USA. (http://tinyurl.com/244lpe)
The Pacific Institute estimates that in 2006:
* Producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation
* Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide
* It took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water



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