On Friday evening, Jan Böhmermann reported furiously back from the summer break. For the "ZDF Magazin Royale" he and his editors had looked at the water shortage in Germany.
And he has taken on the Hamburg company Viva con Agua. "We millennials no longer want to rule the world with our German water, we just want to save it for a short time. Viva con Agua is practically 'doctors without borders' to drink," says Böhmermann.
Viva con Agua, "that can only be a good thing," he said on his show. "Okay, the fact that the people who fill the bottles with water for Viva con Agua at the company 'Husumer Mineralbrunnen' are neither paid according to tariffs nor have a works council, that's water under the bridge. Being non-profit isn't at all so easy," he joked with sharp irony. "Böhmi" also wanted to take a closer look at the Viva con Agua companies, for example the "Villa Viva Gasthaus GmbH".
Instead of being non-profit, he presented the company as only apparently good. A reproach that Viva con Agua does not want to put up with. A statement on the website should now explain in more detail how the charity works at Viva con Agua. There would be "from our point of view various things to add. But fair enough. We take the opportunity to address the issues addressed," it says.
At the top of the list, those responsible point out that those who drink their water are constantly being asked to drink tap water, which is best. "We never tire of pointing this out in lectures, interviews, our website or our products. We point this out on many of the back labels of our mineral water bottles. In the case of (recycled) PET bottles from Viva con Agua, there is even a reference to tap water as a more ecological alternative on every bottle - Viva con Agua is probably the only mineral water that advertises tap water," says the company.
But they also say their bottled water is at least a social alternative if you're going to buy bottles. "In the meantime, the entire production of Viva con Agua mineral water has been certified as climate-neutral via Climate Partner," says the statement. In their statement, those responsible do not address the allegations made by Böhmermann regarding the company "Husumer Mineralbrunnen".
Those responsible also took up Böhmermann's point of criticism regarding a possibly expensive hotel in Hamburg. He mentioned the company rents accommodation for €299 a night. But that's not all, say Viva con Agua. You can sleep in the hotel for only 19.10 euros, they explain. It is important for her to mention that "not a single cent from donations would be used to finance Villa Viva! Neither in Cape Town nor in Hamburg. And by the way, no financial means for Viva con Agua mineral water either". Instead, the hotel project would be financed by investors, but "the majority of the shares" are still in the hands of the "non-profit organizations Viva con Agua Foundation and Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli e.V".
Lastly, the company mentions its motto. "Viva con Agua stands for connection, exchange and joyful activism. We do not fight for the sovereignty of interpretation." Whether and how Jan Böhmermann will react to the statements remains to be seen.
Quellen: "ZDF Magazine Royale" / Viva con Agua
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