Over the course of the weekend, we talked with hundreds of people. We used interactive activities to draw people, including a poster-sized anti-bottled water pledge for folks to sign and drawing on quilt squares to add to our water quilt (pictured at right).
We had the opportunity to talk about taking a rights-based approach to undermine corporate power and to educate many people about how to empower themselves at the local level. Only a few people had ever heard about this method. Folks who approached us with concerns about Nestle in their towns or neighbors’ towns appeared excited and inspired by the end of our talks!
We also learned a great deal about some core issues concerning Maine residents that want to buck the bottle, but feel helpless. In many locations, Mainers have problems with arsenic and radon in their water. This is a rural, well-water issue that we will address more moving forward. It was powerful to hear so many people across Maine share their stories and their passion for water.