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Maude Barlow, author of Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever
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Blue Future: Maude Barlow completes water trilogy

Maude Barlow completed her water trilogy with the recent publication of “Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever“.  The book follows “Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water”, and the first book in the series, “Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Threat of the World’s Water” which was co-written with Tony Clarke.

Droughts are altering the landscape and millions of people are on the move in search of water.  In North America, municipal water infrastructure is in dire need of replacement.  How to accomplish the renewal is a challenge to so many communities.

In this third book, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, a citizen’s advocacy group, and a former Water Advisor at the UN, outlines four principles to guide the world in water conservation and respect.

Beginning with the battle for the recognition of water as a human right, Barlow outlines the international issues at play in what she has coined the “Blue Gold” of the future.

Carmel Kilkenny speaks with Maude Barlow about some of the victories in assuring water rights and the challenges, including the destruction of millions of litres of water in Alberta’s oil production.

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2 comments on “Blue Future: Maude Barlow completes water trilogy
  1. Peter Ashcroft says:

    Water companies are service providers, some of whom make excessive profits, and they arrived on the scene because municipalities are either inefficient in providing this service, or are cash strapped and sell off this asset.
    Central government must either take over the water supply responsibility, or get municipalities to rectify financial problems and take back the water supply responsibility.

  2. Ursula Wagner says:

    The first time I heard of Maude Barlow was in 2007 during the G8 summit here in
    Germany. The “Stern” a renowned German magazine named 8 others as the real great
    ones in the world, one of them was Maude Barlow.
    Interesting to see that French cities, even Paris got their watersuppy into
    public hands.
    It was the Fench commissioner in Brussels, a true marionette of water lobbyists who
    wanted to give the watersupply into commercial hands. A big European campagne collected 1.500 000 votes against it and for the right of water,
    and Brussels lost.
    The easiest way to find out about Nestle`s disastrous, unscrupulous business is to
    watch the film on the internet “Bottled life”.

    And in the end I cann`t resist to mention the oil sand business in Alberta. The gov.
    of Alberta says there is no danger for the environment, the water.

    Prof. David W. Schindler of the University of Alberta in Edmonton found out that
    among other poisonous material, lead and arsenic was found in the region of Fort
    Chipewyan at the Athabasca lake. The deathrate on all kinds of cancer within the Indian Population is 7
    times higher than normal. The gov. of Alberta doesn`t believe this now confirmed
    investigation.
    His words, not mine:
    if there were 2000 white people living, it would be different.
    Now the plan of the oil industry is to extend the digging region 3 times into the
    biggest extraction area in the world, comparable to the size of France.

    An awful lot of work for people like Maude Barlow.

    But in case anyone believes I should think we in Europe are without big faults
    concerning our behaviour towards our planet, I do know too well enough, we are not.

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