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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Friday, April 22, 2011
On Earth Day, Recognize the Rights of Mother Earth
This Earth Day, we need to start envisioning a future based not on exploiting nature but on recognizing that nature has inherent rights. Ironically, this week also marks the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, the worst one in U.S. history. Beyond headline-grabbing catastrophes, every day we dump 2 million tons of toxic waste into the world’s water, the equivalent of the weight of the entire human population. Every day we literally blow the tops off of mountains to release hidden coal.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Our Commons Future Is Already Here
Maude Barlow gave this stirring plenary speech, full of hope even in the face of ecological disasters, to the Environmental Grantmakers Association annual retreat in Pacific Grove, California. Barlow, a former UN Senior Water Advisor, is National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project. “Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.”
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Access to Clean Water is Most Violated Human Right
On 28 July, for the first time ever, the general assembly of the United Nations will hold a historic summit on the human right to water .
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A Human Right Canada Rejects: Access to Clean Water
On June 17, Pablo Solon, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, presented a draft resolution declaring the human right to "available, safe, acceptable, accessible and affordable water and sanitation" to a closed-door consultation at the UN General Assembly that will be dealt with over the next several weeks. This is the first time the General Assembly has been asked directly to deal with this issue and it presents a huge test for the world and for Canada.
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Friday, January 29, 2010
To Curb Climate Change, We Need to Protect Water
It is widely acknowledged that greenhouse gas emission-fueled climate change is having a profound and negative impact on fresh water systems around the world. Warmer weather causes more rapid evaporation of lakes and rivers, reduced snow and ice cover on open water systems, and melting glaciers.
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Friday, September 11, 2009
We Must All Be Stewards of Water
A decisive victory has been won for water in Simcoe County, in a struggle that had been brewing for more than 20 years. Dump Site 41, the landfill that was to be built atop the Alliston aquifer this fall, points to major shortcomings in water governance at all levels of government in Canada.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Water is a Human Right
In a world running out of clean, accessible water, the question of who decides its allocation is crucial. Is access to water a human right or just a need? Is water a common good like air or a commodity like Coca-Cola? Who is being given the right or the power to turn on or off the tap - the people, governments or the invisible hand of the market? Who sets the price of water for a poor district in Manila or La Paz - the locally elected water board or the CEO of a big water corporation? This is an important and controversial issue. A U.N.
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Friday, June 06, 2008
Life, Liberty, Water
As climate change and worldwide shortages loom, will people fight over water or join together to protect it? A global water justice movement is demanding a change in international law to ensure the universal right to clean water for all.
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Monday, February 25, 2008
The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water
The following is an excerpt of Chapter 5 in Maude Barlow's latest book, Blue Covenant . The Future of Water
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