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Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever (Hardcover)
Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever
In her bestselling books Blue Gold and Blue Covenant, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow exposed the battle for ownership of our dwindling water supply and the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to reclaim water as a public good. Since then, the United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right—but there is still much work to be done to stem this growing crisis. In this major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet. At a time when climate change has moved to the top of the national agenda and when the stage is being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees in search of water, Blue Future is an urgent call to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.
A recipient of Sweden’s Right Livelihood Award and a Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship, Maude Barlow is head of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project. The author of seventeen books, including Blue Gold and Blue Covenant (both available from The New Press), she is on the boards of Food & Water Watch and the International Forum on Globalization. She lives in Ottawa.
“In a book 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 “The world’s leading water warrior has issued a call to arms and a road map to transform our economies and priorities to protect our most precious resource—water. The book is an explosive rethinking of our future that could save the planet.” —JOHN CAVANAGH, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES
“If you read one book this year, make it Blue Future! Brilliant, compelling, and optimistic, it’s the seminal work on averting the world water crisis. Barlow’s enthralling account of the water justice movement’s remarkable progress brought tears, and her road map for the future gives me hope.” —WENONAH HAUTER, DIRECTOR, FOOD AND WATER WATCH
ELIZABETH MAY is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer. She is executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada and the author of several books, including her most recent, At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada s Forests. She has been a senior policy advisor to former federal environment minister Tom McMillan, and was instrumental in the creation of several national parks and pollution control measures. At Dalhousie University in Halifax, she holds the recently established Elizabeth May Chair in women s health and the environment.