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October 12, 2007

Water, water everywhere

...but all bottled up. And that’s a problem for many—from those concerned about the pile up of used plastic bottles in landfills to others worried about “harvesting” public water for private gain. In fact, there’s a nationwide campaign called Think Outside the Bottle aimed at getting people to give up buying water in bottles. It all hit the front page of the Chicago Tribune this week when Mayor Richard M. Daley proposed a 10-cent tax on bottled water—much to the delight of the campaign organizers who are gathering signatures from people promising to drink tap water instead of bottled water and plan to deliver these to the mayor when the number reaches 2,000.

The Lutheran Center already is weaning people from bottled water. Last weekend when the 65 synod bishops gathered here for their fall meeting, they found large pitchers of water and ceramic cups, with labels for them to write their names on so they could keep track of their own cups throughout the several days of meetings. It’s part of the effort of our building’s environmental stewardship team.

How about you? Are you willing to give up your bottle?

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