Maude Barlow to Discuss Water Crisis in Lecture at Institute for Advanced Study
Maude Barlow, Chair of the Council of Canadians and of Food and Water Watch, will present “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water” on Wednesday, November 30, at 5:00 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus.
Barlow’s talk 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, Barlow will explain how the world is running out of available water supplies, potentially leading to serious conflict. She will set out the nature and cause of the crisis and offer a three part solution to a water-secure world.
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, which has been studied by scholars and politicians around the world. In 1997, she led a global fight with other members of this group to defeat the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, a proposed global treaty that would have given transnational corporations immunity from nation-state laws. She is also a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council that brings the interests of future generations to the center of policy making.
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