“Drought equals death.” are the words from the Indigenous group Pueblos Unidos de la región Cholulteca y los Volcanes (United People of the Cholulteca region and the volcanoes in Spanish).
French water giant, Danone, has been pumping water from the small Mexican town, Juan C Bonilla, for decades without the community's consent. The communities have witnessed how the river is drying up, and local farmers are struggling to grow crops.
Last year, Indigenous activists forced Danone to shut down its water pumping plant. But they just found out that now Danone is using the plant as a warehouse – and the community is worried the company will start pumping their water again.
Danone spends millions branding itself as a sustainable water company. If we raise the alarm that this greedy corporation is circling this small town's already scarce water supply, we can shame executives to leave the region for good.
Danone is just one of many other companies that have been pumping out water in the region, but their negative impact is clear: the moment they were kicked out, water started coming back! This shows how much damage they’ve been causing!
It is key that we raise pressure now so Danone doesn't use the warehouse as a cover for pumping more water again. They have caused enough harm.
A stadium-size sinkhole appeared last year very close to where Danone’s subsidiary has been extracting water for decades. To this day, the sinkhole keeps on growing.
Danone is comfortable thinking people aren’t aware of its dirty secrets in Mexico. So let’s make sure everyone knows. Executives will likely be terrified if customers all around the world, specifically in France, find out the truth about the company's deeply damaging operations in Mexico.
We know companies don’t like it when we bring the damage they cause home.
The communities have been fighting hard, but they need international support to pressure the company to leave altogether. Let's put the public spotlight on Danone and force the company to change course.
Truthout. 21 April 2022.
The New Yorker. 3 August 2022.
Ej Atlas. 1 March 2022.