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“Tapped” Screening: Official Launch of KU Environs’ Take Back the Tap Campaign

Friday, April 19, 2013

Is water a basic right or a commodity?

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

Beginning with plastic production and ending at the ocean, where so many of these bottles end up, “Tapped” trails the path of the bottled water industry and highlights destroyed communities left in its wake. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

At this special documentary screening, KU Environs will be launching a new campaign – Take Back the Tap, funded by Coca-Cola, KU Memorial Unions, and the Office of the Student Body President. This campaign is an endeavor to educate the Lawrence community and university students, faculty, and staff on the implications of choosing to invest in bottled water. In addition to raising awareness, this campaign will implement a program to provide infrastructure for obtaining safe, filtered water on campus in a sustainable way. Beginning Fall 2013, reusable, stainless steel water bottles will be distributed to the student body, which they will be able to fill at Hydration Stations soon to be installed in all three union dining facilities: Burge Union, The Market, and The Underground.

This initiative is a huge step towards sustainability for Lawrence and the University of Kansas. Ideally, the outcome will not only eliminate excessive consumption of bottled water, reducing waste and conserving a precious resource, but also empower consumers to consider the environmental and social justice implications of any product they choose to purchase.

Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00
Liberty Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66044

Sponsored by KU Environs, Coca-Cola, KU Memorial Unions, the Office of First-Year Experience, and the Office of the Student Body.  Contact Sarah Kraus at sarahkraus@ku.edu if you have any questions or wish to become involved.


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