Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, chairperson of Food and Water Watch in the U.S., and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which is instrumental in the international community in working for the right to water for all people.

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Monday, July 14, 2014
Detroit Must Do What Is Right—Turn the Water Back On
The brutal policy of shutting off access to drinking water has rightly drawn the world’s ire. Like the suspension of democratic rights via emergency management, mass water shutoffs are not a humane or viable response to Detroit’s crisis. United Nations experts have said this is a violation of the...
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Climate activists at a rally in Copenhagen. (Photo: AinhoaGoma/Oxfam International) Views
Saturday, June 21, 2014
A Life of Activism Gives You Hope, Energy and Direction
Maude Barlow received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University in Toronto yesterday morning. Here are her speaking notes for the Convocation ceremony. Chancellor Gregory Sorbara, President Mamdouh Shoukri, the Senate of York University, and all the graduation students, It is a great honour...
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic
Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water.
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Friday, October 18, 2013
Canada-EU Deal Threatens Canada's Water
Prime Minister Harper has just signed the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and Canadians who care about our freshwater heritage should be deeply concerned for three reasons.
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Monday, July 29, 2013
Lac Mégantic: Don't Blame the Engineer
How easy it would be to lay the blame for the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic on the engineer who ran the train. But the real responsibility lies with the governments on both sides of the border who have deregulated their transport sectors, gutted freshwater protections and promoted the spectacular growth and transport of new and unsustainable fossil fuels.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Common Causes: Progressive Forces Acting Together to Build a Better Society
Common Causes is an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, social justice, the environment and human rights in the face of an all-out assault by the Harper government.
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Why Idle No More Has Resonated with Canadians
Imagine a country where the national government introduces and passes legislation that detrimentally affects all of its First Nations communities but it doesn't bother to consult with them. Then a chief of an impoverished northern First Nation community goes on a hunger strike to get a meeting between the First Nations leadership and the government several months after this legislation was passed. Does this have implications for all Canadians? You bet it does.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
I Stand with Those Who Stand Against Tar Sands Pipelines
Today, I will be in Victoria to join the many others who, like me, envision a different future than that which the Harper government has set out. We see a world with clean rivers and streams for fishing and drinking, clean air we can breathe, and land protected from industrial clearcuts in the name of pipelines and fossil fuels.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Nestlé: Malevolent Corporation Capitalizes on Global Water Crisis
I have just returned from a week in Switzerland to promote the right to water and to challenge the giant Swiss bottled water giant Nestlé. My visit was arranged by Franklin Frederick, an activist and leader in the global fight against Nestlé Waters, who is originally from Brazil, but now lives and works in Switzerland. Franklin is an extraordinary man. He is fiercely committed to global water justice and has been a thorn in the side of the water privateers for years.
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Friday, December 16, 2011
How To Save Our Great Lakes
There are huge and growing problems in the Great Lakes. Water use is growing at a rate double that of the population, and we now know that by 2030, global demand will outstrip supply by 40 per cent. Lack of access to clean water is the greatest killer of children by far.
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