Coca-Cola is everywhere at UNH. I’m fairly certain they fund the sustainability program.. 😦
Why don’t we do something about it? What’s so bad about Coke, you ask?
1) Coke is NOT a local business, obviously. That means the majority of the money spent on coke products DOESN’T go back into the community.
2) Homogenized, “standard” products, as opposed to a unique product offered by a business in the seacoast area
3) Overexploitation and Pollution of Water Sources in India (indiaresource.org), Mexico (ciepac.org), Ghana and elsewhere (polarisinstitute.org)
4)Aggressive Marketing to Children of Nutritionally Worthless and Damaging Products (commercialexploitation.org and schoolpouringrights.com)
5) “Coca Cola has contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilize extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders”- (Killercoke.org)
Anyways, the answer is pretty simple. I believe we should eliminate vending machines completely, because they waste tons of energy and promote a wasteful lifestyle (eating packaged food shipped from faraway places is NOT green). BUT a step in that direction would be something like…eliminating COKE from UNH! Tons of other colleges have done it, so lets roll!
For more info, check out killercoke.org.