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Grand Canyon environment: 10. Coke: Zero

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Yes, that headline is a serious stretch, but I had to find someway to jab Coca-Cola, the same global soft drink company that waves cuddly, soda-guzzling computer generated polar bears at us while pretending that its opposition to a bottled water ban at the Grand Canyon wasn’t about corporate wherewithal.

After a last-minute halt to the effort by the park service and a number of weeks of opposition-led petitions and public scrambling, the ban on plastic water bottles at Grand Canyon National Park will officially begin next month.

In the interest of full disclosure, Coke is a supporter of our National Parks, one of the most active, actually. While some may see that fact as justification for a benefactor to have influence in how its funds’ recipients handle operations, I see it for what it is: a corporate supporter of the environment lacking clarity in its philanthropic mission.

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