On left: Mayoral candidate, Bill Talen (Reverend Billy), Bottlemania author, Elizabeth Royte, and John Stewart (National Organizer for Think Outside the Bottle); center: mock water bottle labels, “Deception” and “Phoney Spring”; on right: Reverend Billy making exorcistic gestures towards a water bottle (photos from ThinkOutsideTheBottleNY’s Flickr Photostream)
The photos above are from the “Think Outside the Bottle” media event held last month in Union Square Park. Event included a taste test challenge to show that NYC tap water is fine and that New Yorkers need not depend on the bottled kind.
Two of the three people that box vox has interviewed—(Reverend Billy & Elizabeth Royte)—were both on hand to support this cause. I was sorry to find out about this only after the fact. If I had known about it before hand, I would have wanted to come. It looks like it must have been a pretty cold day for an outdoor “tap water challenge”. (Reverend Billy appears to start out with with his trademark white suit, but is eventually forced by February weather into donning a warmer jacket.)
…We see the corporations waving to us. They are trying to catch our eye. Pepsico’s logo even stole Obama’s sunrise. But we sense the over-advertising, over-packaging, the depth of the debt. We have something so much more powerful calling to us. Our neighborhoods and towns might be healthy again, and our expansion-addled America could stop and live again with life. Our Life After Shopping!
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