Maude Barlow, best-selling Canadian author and human rights activist, is the chair of the board of Food & Water Watch. Maude Barlow is the recipient of 11 honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement which she received at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (U.S.).
Water is a public good, not a commodity
Quote from Maude Barlow blog;
What I can tell you is that the struggle for water justice is the most powerful struggle I know and absolutely key to all the others. We need democratic, just and public control of water if we are to survive. And the beauty of it is that the struggle for this water justice will teach us what we need to know about to live more lightly on this lovely planet and live more gently with one another. I thank you with all my heart for the wonderful fight you are putting up against this corporate power play going under the banner of austerity. I know water warriors around the world are with you in your fight to protect Europe’s water for the earth and future generations. As the late American scientists Carl Sagan said, we are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. “Don’t sit this one out! Do something!” he said. We won’t sit it out and what we do today will steer us to the sustainable and just future we know is possible.”
Read the full article and her speech here: http://canadians.org/blog/?p=19556