This guest blog was written by Peter G. Prontzos, Professor Emeritus in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Langara College in Vancouver.
Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow was in Vancouver on October 18 to meet with a group of city councillors. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage Vancouver to become a Blue Community.
Barlow was accompanied by leaders from several organizations who expressed support for the proposal. This is the first step towards seeing Vancouver join a growing list of municipalities across the globe in this important movement for human rights and to eliminate the use and sales of bottled water in city-run premises and events.
Barlow has been central to the creation of Blue Communities. She has been awarded 14 honorary doctorates, and was appointed Senior Advisor on Water by the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly (Miguel D’Escoto). One result was a UN declaration that access to water is a human right.