The Mayor of Bern, Switzerland has written the Mayor of Cambuquira, Brazil congratulating him on his municipality becoming a blue community.
Photo: Mayor Tschäppät, Mayor Xavier
Mayor Alexander Tschäppät writes to Mayor Evanderson Xavier, "I am very pleased that the city of Cambuquira recognizes water as a human right, that it promotes publicly financed water and that it bans the sale of bottled water in public facilities."
Tschäppät notes, "Last year, the city of Bern was designated the first Blue Community in Europe and we made a lot of good experiences with the Blue Community Project."
He adds, "I am confident that other communities in Latin America and Europe will soon follow the lead of Cambuquira and Bern. Because, if we want to protect the water commons in the face of increasing pressure to privatize water services, it is necessary to build a worldwide net of Blue Communities."
Mayor Tschäppät's letter can be read here.
On September 8, 2013, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow presented Mayor Tschäppät with a certificate recognizing Bern as a blue community. More on that here. On June 7, 2014, Barlow was in Cambuquira to present the community with a blue community certificate. You can read about that here.
To read more about how to become a blue community, please see here.
Photo: Mayor Tschäppät Mayor Xavier