Food and Water Watch says that students across the U.S. are being taught about water and bottled water from a Nestlé-sponsored water curriculum. Somehow, I doubt they will learn about the problems with plastic bottles, or the political and legal battles being fought over water rights between Nestle and the communities they take water from. Somehow, I don’t think children are going to hear that municipal water quality is often not being monitored closely because it is costly and members of Congress drink bottled water, anyway. I wonder if they’ll learn that bottled water has been found to contain dangerous chemicals. that the plastic water bottles leach carcinogens, and that millions of plastic water bottles clog our landfills, oceans, waterways, and open spaces.
Food and Water Watch is working to counter Nestlé’s message in our public schools, and have created the Take Back the Tap Curriculum to get out the truth about tap water.
The following information is from their website: Check out the Take Back the Tap Curriculum and share it with your friends and family.
The simple decision to stop at the water fountain rather than a vending machine can make a real difference for the earth (and budgets), but students can make a much bigger impact by becoming experts and advocates for their right to clean, safe and low-cost tap water. We’ve created a comprehensive middle school curriculum with multi-disciplinary standards-based lessons to educate young people about their tap water systems and to explore the widespread issues with the bottled water industry.
These lessons will engage young people and mobilize them to take action in their schools and larger communities. We’ve designed the curriculum to be flexible so it can be used in one class, in a single day, or multiple lessons can be spread out over several weeks. Share the curriculum with people in your community!
Even if you don’t have kids in middle school, we’ve built in a lot of fun activities and lessons that can be used for special projects in your community, like World Water Day or Earth Day. Check out the curriculum and share it with people in your community: