Take Back the Tap– is an initiative of the Sustainability Hub to reduce the supply and demand of bottled water on campus. The "Take Back the Tap" Campaign recognizes that the access to clean water is a fundamental human right and that water is a vital natural resource which should not be commodified and sold for exorbitant profits. As such, we are committed to illuminating the fallacies of bottled water's superior quality over tap water and to highlighting the environmental implications associated with the reliance upon petroleum-based products, the fossil fuels needed to transport water, the inefficiencies of recycling, and overall, the systemic problem of a cradle-to-grave mentality.
"Take Back the Tap" is also committed to illuminating the challenges that the bottled water industry poses for sustainability in terms of the environmental implications of pumping groundwater beyond a sustainable rate. Moreover, we are opposed to the subsequent erosion in citizens' faith in municipal water supplies that results from the reliance upon bottled water. Therefore, we are focused on continuing dialogue to reconsider the sale of bottled water at Cornell, as a part of the university's commitment to sustainability and climate justice. In addition, we support the increased availability of tap water on campus, and ultimately, call for a ban in the sale of bottled water at Cornell University.
For more information: http://takebackthetapcornell.wordpress.com/
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