Blue Covenant: Maude Barlow on the Global Movement for Water Justice
Interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Maude Barlow is the head of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest public advocacy organization, and founder of the Blue Planet Project. She is author of the new book Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.
“Imagine a world in twenty years, in which no substantive progress has been made to provide basic wastewater service in the Third World, or to force industry and industrial agriculture production to stop polluting water systems, or to curb the mass movement of water by pipeline, tanker and other diversion, which will have created huge new swaths of desert. “Desalination plants will ring the world’s oceans, many of them run by nuclear power; corporate nanotechnology will clean up sewage water and sell it to private utilities who will sell it back to us at a huge profit; the rich will drink only bottled water found in the few remote parts of the world left or sucked from the clouds by machines, while the poor die in increasing numbers. This is not science fiction. This is where the world is headed unless we change course.” — Maude Barlow
In the 21st century, our water is becoming a commodity. Some want to profit from it and others are ready to go to war over it, but every form of life must have it. Water use is growing twice as fast as population, but there is no more water today than there ever has been. Who will control this source of life?. By Tony Clarke and Maude Barlow. YES! Magazine #28, Whose Water
Whose Water? In an era of scarcity, water is becoming the blue gold of the 21st century. On our blue planet, every living thing is sustained by water. We must drink or die. How do we share this liquid necessity? Read the YES! issue on Water.