Water Stewardship

Conservationists and Coca-Cola Find Mutual Passion in Watershed Protection

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A U.S. Forest Service patrol captain stood in the middle of a canyon in Angeles National Forest and started to cry. Alberto Ortega held back tears as he remembered a young, handicapped person sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of Big Tujunga Creek, a stone’s throw away from where Ortega stood. “It was the first time I had seen someone in a wheelchair, mud-ified, in that creek,” Ortega said. “Someone in the creek who had a disability, enjoying

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Water-Stressed Village in Lebanon Gets 'Water-Wise'

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The lush, green hills that roll through the northern edge of Lebanon and surround a town of 2,500 called Menjez create a landscape rich in beauty. But to the naked eye, the greenery masks the local impacts of climate change, which has plagued the region with drought. According to a recent NASA study, the ongoing drought in the Levant, which includes Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey, is probably the worst to hit the region

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Coca-Cola Partners with Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and Ko’olau Mountains Watershed on Replenishment Project

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The view from an overlook in the Ko’olau Mountains of O’ahu, Hawai’i, reveals lush rain forests covering every inch of the vast mountain terrain. But despite the heavy mist hanging over the mountains and abundant rainfall, this remote watershed is at actually at risk. The Waiawa watershed is critical resource for the people of O’ahu. It's the principle recharge area for the Pearl Harbor Aquifer, which supplies the majority of the drinking water for

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How WWF and Coca-Cola Are Working to Save Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoises in China

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A crew led by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture traveled down the mainstream of the Yangtze River in 2012 looking for as many Yangtze finless porpoises they could find. They spotted 380 during the expedition and estimated that around 500 were still living in the Yangtze and its associated lakes and tributaries. That was roughly half the population living in the Yangtze in 2006. “The whole Yangtze is facing challenges from human activities,” says

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A Dirty Fight For Clean Water in India

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Note: This story was originally published in, and is copyrighted to, the German magazine DIE WELT. Coca-Cola Journey is republishing it with permission. It is often stated that Western beverage groups pillage the water sources of the Third World. However, if one investigates the accusations on site, one discovers another truth. A search for traces in India. On a hot, dusty morning, Anju Devi was sitting in front of her hut and became a hero

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When the Vatican Calls for Water Solutions, We Respond

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On February 23 and 24, I had the humbling honor of participating in a safe water access conference held in Vatican City—yes the Vatican City the Pope calls home. You see, the Pope and his church care deeply for the environment and people, and they’re determined to help initiate solutions toward a more water-secure world. This determination is something all of us who took part in the seminar share. The United Nation’s (UN) Millennium Development Goals

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Muhtar Kent Remarks: U.S. Water Partnership 2017 Water Leader Award

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On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Water Partnership presented its 2017 Water Leader Award to Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, in a ceremony at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington, D.C. Kent received the award for leading the company through its vision and achievement of some of its biggest environmental and humanitarian efforts during his tenure as CEO, including many water stewardship milestones, namely reaching the company’s

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Coca-Cola Brazil, Banco do Nordeste Lead Alliance to Boost Water Access in Low-Income Communities

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Coca-Cola Brazil—together with Banco do Nordeste (Brazil Northeast Bank) and other NGO, private and public sector partners—will invest $6.5 million by 2020 to increase access to clean drinking water for low-income communities in Brazil’s northeast region. The alliance, which announced the commitment just ahead of World Water Day 2017, will work together to source, develop and test innovative and scalable water solutions. Additional partners, all

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Water for Life: Youth-based NGO Raleigh Borneo and Coca-Cola Malaysia Provide Clean Water to Rural Communities in Sabah

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Note: This story initially was published in Going Places, the in-flight magazine of Malaysia Airlines, and is being reposted with permission on Coca-Cola Journey. All eyes are on Sadin Limun as he turns on the newly installed tap in Kampung Kalampun's common area. The sight of cold water gushing out, which many of us take for granted, brings wide grins to everyone's faces. "It's much easier now," Sadin, the 57-year-old village chief, says

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Global Developers Turn to Social Art to Help Give Communities Access to Safe Water

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Problems from millions of people lacking access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can seem insurmountable. But global developers looking for answers might find a few more than they’d expect from one of the world’s best-known circuses. For one night every year since 2013, Cirque du Soleil puts on a slightly different show in Las Vegas. The production features the same high-flying acrobatics and fantastic costumes that made Cirque du Soleil a

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