Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is on a train this morning on her way to Toronto to receive an Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award.
As noted on their website, “Earth Day Canada is pleased to honour Maude Barlow with this year’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award. She has served as the voice of the people for decades, with a strong emphasis on the environment and water rights. In recognition of her tenacity, determination and passion, Ms. Barlow has been appointed as the first Senior Advisor on Water Issues to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. In addition to her position with the United Nations, Ms. Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization, and the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, working internationally for the right to water.”
The Earth Day Canada website also notes, “She serves on the boards of the International Forum on Globalization and Food and Water Watch, as well as being a councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Ms. Barlow is the recipient of six honorary doctorates, the 2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award and the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the ‘Alternative Nobel’) for her global water justice work. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of sixteen books, including Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World’s Water and the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.”
The Earth Day Canada website is at http://pub.earthday.ca/gala/awards.php.