Courage Campaign in the News

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Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the progressive Courage Campaign, praised Brown for “returning California’s budget to financial stability and fiscal sanity,” but called for the governor “to make even bolder investments in California.”
Several weeks ago, the group — called the Courage Campaign — called for the State Water Resources Control Board to step in and close the bottling operations, with its executive director, Eddie Kurtz, saying packaging the water and selling it is not a good use of the state’s water. That call came on the heels of criticism across the state that Nestle and other big businesses in industries that tap the state’s water need to do more to cut back.
Amid California's awful drought, news of Lennar's spraying of fresh water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir brought sharp criticism from groups such as the Association of California Water Agencies, Clean Water Action and the Courage Campaign.
More Californians are questioning why giant bottled-water sellers continue to tap the state’s dwindling water supply during the worst drought in state history and are pressuring big retailers to stop using the scarce resource. Courage Campaign, a non-profit online advocacy group, has collected more than 35,000 signatures to stop Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, from sourcing water for its Great Value brand from Sacramento’s water supply.
California's historic drought is so bad people are banned from even hosing dirt off their front steps, but as iconic Candlestick Park is being demolished, thousands of gallons an hour of drinking water -- fresh from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir -- are being dumped on the rubble to hold down dust.
Environmental groups have long taken aim at bottled water companies for contributing to the glut of plastic bottles that clog landfills, streams and waterways. Now, amid California’s drought, they’re looking at the water itself.
Here are some initial reviews of the governor’s revised spending plan Thursday
Thirsty foods: Musician Moby joined the Courage Campaign to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to “realign” the state’s water rights. For the campaign, that means cracking down on almonds, beef and alfalfa.
While most celebs are making headlines in California’s drought for their unnaturally green and fragrant lawns, a few public figures have stepped up to offer real solutions for the state. William Shatner explained his enthusiastic if somewhat unrealistic plot to siphon water from Seattle. Now Moby’s issued his own idea to save California.
“We shouldn’t be bottling water, and we should look at the other uses of water as well, like soda and certain crops, or the crazy amount of water that goes into watering golf courses,” said Eddie Kurtz, Oakland-based executive director at Courage Campaign, a non profit organization. Nestle is urging governments to improve aqueducts and reduce incentives to waste water. Big water users are likely to increase pumping if they expect mandatory cuts are coming, which is a counter-incentive, Lopez said.

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