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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Grand Canyon Ntl. Park bends to Coca Cola

Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation.
- New York Times

Stephen P. Martin, the architect of the plan and the top parks official at the Grand Canyon, said his superiors told him two weeks before its Jan. 1 start date that Coca-Cola, which distributes water under the Dasani brand and has donated more than $13 million to the parks, had registered its concerns about the bottle ban through the foundation, and that the project was being tabled. His account was confirmed by park, foundation and company officials.

An online petition has been created from this process, aiming to receive 50,000 signatures to protest Coca Cola's influence on the natural parks. Already reaching 39,199 signatures as of Tuesday, November 22, PLEASE SIGN HERE

Read the NYTimes article.

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