Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow is in Paris, France as an invited guest speaker celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Eau de Paris,” the city’s public water system. She spoke in front of a hall full of people about the importance of ensuring water remains in public hands.
Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow, a world renowned water warrior, spoke to a packed auditorium about the future of water as part of the Nobel Week Dialogue.
The event is an annual conference that is held in advance of Nobel Week. It brings together a select group of the world's leading scientists, policy makers and thinkers for a series of thought-provoking sessions and working groups. According to the Nobel Prize website, “with this event the Nobel Institutions aim to deepen the dialogue between the scientific community and the rest of society on issues connected with the Nobel Prize and of importance for the world.”
Maude Barlow, who is the recipient of the 2015 Right Livelihood Award, known as “the Alternative Nobel,” was invited to speak at this prestigious event about her lifelong work as a water activist.
Maude Barlow and the Lord Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter celebrate the city's commitment to the Blue Communities Project. Photo: Olaf Becker/München
Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project and honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians welcomed four German cities to the Blue Communities Project this week. The Blue Communities Project is a global initiative aimed at promoting local policies that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, keep water and sanitation services public and stop the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities.
Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project took part in this March 2014 rally in San Salvador in support of the General Water Law now being undermined by ARENA.
Popular mobilizations are taking place in El Salvador as ARENA creates the conditions for the corporate control of water through legislation introduced in the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly following the March 2018 election.
Brasilia – The Fórum Alternativo Mundial da Água (FAMA) or Alternative World Water Forum concluded with a march today that saw 5-7,000 people from around Brasil and around the World take to the streets of Brasilia demanding an end to the privatization and commodification of water.
Ottawa/Toronto – Three Canadian organizations, MiningWatch Canada, Council of Canadians, and Common Frontiers have written to Canada’s Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, calling on the Canadian government to respond to any forthcoming requests from Costa Rica’s new Attorney General, Emilia Navas, in a complete and timely manner.
Compelled by a strong desire to take action, Amber and Diana worked out a plan to raise $10,000 USD for the Blue Planet Project by cycling across the country from Seattle to San Francisco and teaching yoga classes along the way.
Chile’s water crisis is a lesson in the disadvantages of privatised water and sanitation services, but teachers from Ontario may be able to help. 95.8% of the population is served by private utilities – the most privatised water and sanitation in the world.