by: Obert Madondo
According to Maude Barlow, the deepening global water crisis is setting the world up for “for drought on an unprecedented scale, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees leaving parched lands in search of water.”
But there’s hope – if we act now. So suggests Barlow new book, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever.
The book, to be published later this month by House of Anansi, “is a powerful, penetrating, and timely look at the global water crisis — and what we can do to prevent it.”
According to the publisher, Barlow “offers solutions to the global water crisis based on four simple principles. Principle One: Water Is a Human Right chronicles the long fight to have the human right to water recognized and the powerful players still impeding this progress. Principle Two: Water Is a Common Heritage and Public Trust argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Principle Three: Water Has Rights Too makes the case for the protection of source water and the need to make our human laws compatible with those of nature. Principle Four: Water Will Teach Us How to Live Together urges us to come together around a common threat — the end of water — and find a way to live more lightly on this planet.”
Barlow is the author of sixteen books, including the international bestsellers Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Threat of the World’s Water (co-written with Tony Clarke) and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. She is currently the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. She served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Advance praise for Blue Future:
“We are water — it inflates our cells, dissolves nutrients, transports materials, and enables metabolism. Once again, Maude Barlow delivers an urgent warning that we are treating this priceless liquid in ways that are unjust, unhealthy, unsustainable, and suicidal.” —David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist, and Broadcaster.
“As clear as a pristine mountain stream, Maude Barlow lays out a practical and inspiring vision for how we can defend water — the source of all life — from the forces of death. For decades Barlow has been on the front lines of this critical battle and her insights on how water can serve as our guide to a more just, sustainable world are a gift to us all.” — Naomi Klein, Author of The Shock Doctrine
“Maude Barlow first establishes water as a human right, and then takes us through the titanic struggle, country by country, to make that right come alive. It’s jolting, compelling, astonishingly comprehensive, and beautifully organized. No one but Maude could have written this tour de force.” — Stephen Lewis, Author of Race Against Time
Blue Future is the final instalment in Barlow’s Blue trilogy. It also carries “stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as examples of government policies that work for people and the planet.”
Barlow will be speaking at events from coast to coast in a series of book launches in October.
I recommend these two related pieces from our archives:
- Maude Barlow’s bold new vision to protect the Great Lakes
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Criticizes Privatization of Water at World Environment Forum
Obert Madondo is the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive.