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ICCR: The Human Right to Water: A Michigan Case Study
June 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Context: Flint residents are forced to drink, cook with and even bathe in bottled water, while still paying some of the highest water bills in the country for their poisoned water. Detroiters face water shut-offs with increased water rates, yet Nestlé, the largest water bottling company in the world, pumps up to 400 gallons of water per minute from aquifers that feed Lake Michigan and is not required to pay anything to extract the water, besides a small permitting fee to the state and the cost of leases to a private landowner.
Panel: Speakers will focus on the various human right to water issues facing Michigan. We will learn from a panel of organizers how communities are impacted by and working to dismantle the water crises in Detroit and Flint that are rooted in historical and systemic racism; and hear from an environmental lawyer they are working to defending our public waters, wetlands, and aquatic life, and shutting down Nestlé’s private water grab.
Moderated by Nadira Narine, Senior Program Director, Strategic Initiatives, the panel will include:
Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit
Nayyirah Shariff, Flint Rising
Jim Olson, FLOW