Coca-Cola, Nestle seek to privatize world’s second largest aquifer

February 28, 2018 by  
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Coca-Cola and Nestle are pushing to take ownership of the Guarani Aquifer in Brazil. Named for the indigenous Guarani people, the world’s second largest aquifer beneath parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina may soon fall under private corporate control. According to  Correio do Brasil , private meetings between the multinational corporations and representatives of Brazil’s government have occurred to start the formal process of privatization, which could guarantee their control of the aquifer for over 100 years. Activists and community groups are concerned that privatization could result in lack of accountability and profit-driven decision-making that could jeopardize the long-term health of the aquifer and those who depend on it. Corporate lobbyists for Coca-Cola and Nestle have been hard at work in Brazil since at least 2016. These companies, along with AB Inbev, Dow, and PepsiCo, belong to the  2030 Water Resources Group  (2030WRG), an organization that describes itself as “a unique public-private-civil society collaboration.” However, water rights groups have identified the group as acting to insert corporate control into what has historically been a public service across the globe. Related: 73 million trees to be planted in largest reforestation project ever The corporate drive for private water rights comes as the nation endures political tension. The early talks regarding privatization of the Guarani Aquifer began prior to the impeachment of elected left-wing President Dilma Rousoff, who was removed from office in 2016. Since Michael Temer assumed power, his administration has rolled back many of the progressive policies put in place by Rousoff’s Workers Party. “The new Brazil that is back in business…is a more prosperous, a more open country,” said Temer at Davos, “a country with more opportunities for investment, more opportunities for trade and business .” Via Correio do Brasil, Franklin Frederick/Brasil de Fato and  Mint Press News Images via Romerito Pontes/Flickr and  manufaturadeideias/Flickr

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Breezy, Hammock-Shaped Paraguayan Home is the Perfect Place for an Afternoon Siesta

September 23, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Breezy, Hammock-Shaped Paraguayan Home is the Perfect Place for an Afternoon Siesta Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , bricked wall , Casa Hamaca , Catenary Curve , curvy home , Daylighting , galvanized iron roof , Javier Corvalán , Laboratorio de Arquitectura , Paraguay , Reclaimed Materials , Recycled Materials        

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In New Documentary, ‘Recycled Orchestra’ Makes Instruments from Trash

December 28, 2012 by  
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“Landfill Harmonic,” an upcoming documentary scheduled for release in 2014, tells the story of an orchestra whose musicians play instruments made from trash. The film is set in the town of Cateura, Paraguay, which is built on a landfill. Many of…

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Naturalists’ Visit to Paraguay Halted for Fear of Infecting Natives

November 17, 2010 by  
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Photo: cuencadelplata After great pressure from the Paraguayan government and local campaigners, an expedition to a remote part of the Amazon by the prestigious Natural History Museum in London has been suspended. A team of one hundred scientists, botanists and biologists were planning an expedition to isolated parts of Paraguay in their search for new species of plants and insects

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One Cyclist Travels Two Continents to Save the Trees

March 12, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good When one Peace Corps volunteer came to understand the flimsy safeguards a “reserve” provided the forest near his post in Paraguay, he was motivated to do something that would provide true protections for the trees. The solution he settled on involved two wheels and a lot of miles….

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Report: European Companies Buying Their Way Out of Carbon Cuts

March 12, 2010 by  
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Photo via Guardian Most cap and trade schemes proposed by governments include provisions that allow polluting companies to buy carbon offsets –initiatives that pay for tree planting in South America or solar panel installation in India and so forth–instead of cutting emissions exclusively from their own operations. So, surprise, surprise, a recent report from the AP in the Huffpo Green has revealed that companies pa… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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