Princeton University

Maude Barlow, “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water”



Maude Barlow’s talk November 30, 2011 at the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton, NJ is part of the Institute’s annual series, Lectures on Public Policy, which aims to address issues relevant to contemporary politics and social conditions and scientific matters of broad import.

In this lecture, Ms. Barlow explains how the world is running out of available water supplies, potentially leading to serious conflicst. She describes the nature and cause of the crisis and offers a three part solution to a water-secure world.

Ms. Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization. She was a founding member of the Council in 1985 and has served as its voluntary chair since 1988. The Council of Canadians has become a leading voice in Canada and around the world for social, environmental and economic justice. The Council fights to protect Canada’s public social programs and natural resource heritage along with its food security. It also advocates for fair trade and sustainable economic policies in Canada and around the world and promotes a peacekeeping role for Canada’s armed forces. Barlow is also Chair of Food and Water Watch, an organization that works to ensure that the food, water and fish being consumed around the world are safe, accessible and sustainably produced. She is also a founding board member of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco-based think-tank comprising international activists, scholars, writers and economists dedicated to creating sustainable alternatives to economic globalization. She received her B.A. from Carlton University in Ottawa.

Among her many books, Barlow is the author of Blue Covenant, The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water (McClelland & Stewart, 2007). She is a contributing author to the IFG report Alternatives to Economic Globalization.

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