Join Water Watchers Executive Director Arlene Slocombe for an enlightening and impactful fundraising book club focused on the new book "Unbottled: The Fight against Plastic Water and for Water Justice". Over five months, we will delve into the critical issues surrounding water justice, plastic pollution, and the global fight for clean and accessible water. Each virtual session will provide an engaging platform for discussion and a chance for participants to connect with like-minded individuals passionate about making a difference. Each session will include special guests from the front lines of the fight against water bottling and for water justice. Author Daniel Jaffee will join us for the opening and closing sessions. Learn more and register below. 


About the Book: 

An exploration of bottled water's impact on social justice and sustainability, and how diverse movements are fighting back.

In just four decades, bottled water has transformed from a luxury niche item into a ubiquitous consumer product, representing a $300 billion market dominated by global corporations. It sits at the convergence of a mounting ecological crisis of single-use plastic waste and climate change, a social crisis of affordable access to safe drinking water, and a struggle over the fate of public water systems. Unbottled examines the vibrant movements that have emerged to question the need for bottled water and challenge its growth in North America and worldwide.

Drawing on extensive interviews with activists, residents, public officials, and other participants in controversies ranging from bottled water's role in unsafe tap water crises to groundwater extraction for bottling in rural communities, Daniel Jaffee asks what this commodity's meteoric growth means for social inequality, sustainability, and the human right to water. Unbottled profiles campaigns to reclaim the tap and addresses the challenges of ending dependence on packaged water in places where safe water is not widely accessible. Clear and compelling, it assesses the prospects for the movements fighting plastic water and working to ensure water justice for all.

Description from University of California press 


Book Club Session Schedule &
Featured Guest Lineup 


Session 1

The Perfect Storm - Commodification, Making a Market and Fearing the Tap

March 7th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

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Session 2 

Flint and Eroding Trust - and Reclaiming the Tap
April 4th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

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Session 3 

Cascade Locks, Oregon: A Decade-Long Struggle
May 2th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

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Session 4

Guelph and Elora: Watching Water, Broadening the Movement
June 6th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

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Session 5 

What Next? Water Justice and the Right to Drink
July 4th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 


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Cost: $150/Person (Including a copy of the book Unbottled: The Fight against Plastic Water and for Water Justice by Daniel Jaffee) 

Dates: First Thursday of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th) 

Location: Zoom