The Ottawa Citizen reports this morning that, “The Ottawa Folk Festival will not sell bottled water at its annual summer festival this year.”
Julia Adam, outreach manager for the festival, says, “Working closely with Ottawa Riverkeepers, Council of Canadians, Life Without Plastics, and CUPE 503, we have just learned too much about supporting public water and doing away with plastic water bottles. Hopefully this effort will inspire audience members, volunteers, artists, and other events to consider making similar changes.”
Council of Canadians chairwoman and UN senior adviser on water Maude Barlow adds, “By going ‘unbottled’, the Ottawa Folk Festival is playing a leading role in protecting our water services from the growing threat of underfunding and privatization.”
Our media release on this can be read at http://canadians.org/media/water/2009/17-Apr-09.html.
You can read more about the Ottawa Folk Festival, which takes place this August 21 to 23, by going to their website at http://ottawafolk.org/2007/generalinfo.html.
Maude Barlow has accepted their invitation to speak at this year’s festival. More details on that to follow in the coming months.