Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

by Maude Barlow


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595589477
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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 sixteen 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Principle 1 Water is a Human Right

1 The Case for the Right to Water 9

2 The Fight for the Right to Water 20

3 Implementing the Right to Water 33

4 Paying for Water for All 50

Principle 2 Water is a Common Heritage

5 Water-Commons or Commodity? 67

6 Targeting Public Water Services 88

7 The Loss of the Water Commons Devastates Communities 102

8 Reclaiming the Water Commons 118

Principle 3 Water has Rights Too

9 The Trouble with "Modern Water" 137

10 Corporate Control of Farming Is Extinguishing Water 155

11 Energy Demands Place an Unsustainable Burden on Water 172

12 Putting Water at the Centre of Our Lives 189

Principle 4 Water Can Teach Us How to Live Together

13 Confronting the Tyranny of the One Percent 209

14 Creating a Just Economy 227

15 Protecting Land, Protecting Water 246

16 A Road Map to Conflict or to Peace? 269

Notes 289

Further Reading 312

Acknowledgements 314

Index 315

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