Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow is the keynote speaker this evening at the 2011 Meadowlark Festival in Penticton. The Penticton Western News has reported, “Water, its conservation and sustainable use is also the theme for the 2011 festival, which runs from May 19 to 23. Barlow’s presentation, The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, will kick off the festival on the evening of May 19.”
“’The world is running out of available freshwater as demand outstrips supply, threatening billions of humans and other species,’ said Barlow. ‘Our collective pollution, abuse and displacement of water is a major factor in climate change.’ During her presentation Barlow will share the scope and causes of the crisis, and pose a three part solution toward a water-secure world. She and a panel of local experts will be available to answer any questions following the talk as well as meet and greet participants.”
As noted on the festival’s website, Barlow will be speaking at 7pm PT at the Shatford Centre in Penticton. “The keynote address by Maude Barlow will be followed by questions and answers including a local panel of experts: Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board; Stu Wells, Mayor for the Town of Osoyoos and Member of the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society; and The Honourable Thomas E. Siddon, recipient of the Okanagan Water Leadership Award.”
A few tickets for Barlow’s speech are still available (at $10 per ticket), for more information please go to http://www.meadowlarkfestival.bc.ca/booking.html.