Ban In Zion National Park Eliminated 60,000 Bottles In One Year
In preparing for this ban, the park and its contracted concessionaires installed more water “filling stations” for reusable bottles at a cost of about $300,000, according to information provided by the park service to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. They were following the example of Zion National Park, in Utah, which created a similar ban in 2008 and eliminated 60,000 plastic bottles from the park in the following year.
However, Jon Jarvis, the top federal parks official, said that he had not heard of the ban until late last year, when he decided to block it.
The 1% Dictates To The 99% – Again
Here’s what he had to say, as first reported in The New York Times: “My decision to hold off the ban was not influenced by Coke, but rather the service-wide implications to our concessions contracts, and frankly the concern for public safety in a desert park.”
Yet again the 1% dictates to the 99%. And this makes no sense: countless studies have shown that bottled water is no better than tap water, and is in fact often less healthy. Training people to buy their own water containers and fill them up, something that thousands of walkers, runners, and hikers take for granted, is obviously far more logical.
But it doesn’t make money for corporations, so it doesn’t get promoted. Shame on you, Mr. Jarvis, for bowing to corporate interests.
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