September 16, 2020: Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water
Water is critical to maintaining the balance of all life on Earth. As humans go, the United Nations estimates that each person needs about 50 to 100 liters a day for drinking and washing. It must be safe, accessible, and affordable. Some corporations claim ownership of fresh water sources to bottle and sell for profit. Others use water as a tool to extract oil and gas from the ground. In this episode of Making Contact, we’ll hear from communities fighting to keep big water bottling companies out of rural Oregon, and to protect water from oil and gas contamination in New Mexico.
Julia DeGraw — former Northwest Organizer for Food and Water Watch
Aurora del Val — the campaign director for the Local Water Alliance
Craig Jasmer — founding member of the Lewis County Water Alliance
Alex Brown — local reporter with the Chronicle covering Lewis County, during the Crystal Geyser incident.
Penny Aucoin, Carlsbad-area resident
Rebecca Roose — New Mexico Water Protection Division Director
Nathan Small — New Mexico State Representative
Rebecca Sobel, senior organizer with WildEarth Guardians
Yang Toledo — Din spokesperson and steering committee member with Youth United for Climate Crisis Action