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Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever [Kindle Edition]

Maude Barlow
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In her bestselling books Blue Gold and Blue Covenant, world-renowned water activist Maude Barlow exposed the battle for ownership of our dwindling water supply and the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to reclaim water as a public good. Since then, the United Nations has recognized access to water as a basic human right—but there is still much work to be done to stem this growing crisis.

In this major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet.

At a time when climate change has moved to the top of the national agenda and when the stage is being set for unprecedented drought, mass starvation, and the migration of millions of refugees in search of water, Blue Future is an urgent call to preserve our most valuable resource for generations to come.


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Advance Praise for Blue Future:

"With multiple examples of international arguments in favor of open access to water, Barlow makes a rousing case for what will be one of the key environmental challenges of the twenty-first century."
Booklist

"[Barlow's] work will inspire equal parts outrage and encouragement in anyone who concerned about this most vital natural resource."
Publishers Weekly

"In a book as clear as a pristine mountain stream, Maude Barlow lays out a practical and inspiring vision for how we can defend water—the source of all life—from the forces of death. For decades Barlow has been on the front lines of this critical battle, and her insights on how water can serve as our guide to a more just, sustainable world are a gift to us all."
—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

"The world’s leading water warrior has issued a call to arms and a road map to transform our economies and priorities to protect our most precious resource—water. The book is an explosive rethinking of our future that could save the planet."
—John Cavanagh, director, Institute for Policy Studies

"If you read one book this year, make it Blue Future! Brilliant, compelling, and optimistic, it’s the seminal work on averting the world water crisis. Barlow’s enthralling account of the water justice movement’s remarkable progress brought tears, and her road map for the future gives me hope."
—Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of Foodopoly

"We are water—it inflates our cells, dissolves nutrients, transports materials, and enables metabolism. Once again, Maude Barlow delivers an urgent warning that we are treating this priceless liquid in ways that are unjust, unhealthy, unsustainable, and suicidal."
—David Suzuki, scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster

"Maude Barlow is a force of nature. Blue Future is the inspiring climax of her visionary trilogy on the world water crisis. With the world teetering on the brink of a devastating water crisis, humanity urgently needs the vision, wisdom, and solutions in Blue Future."
—David R. Boyd, author of The Environmental Rights Revolution

"Maude Barlow first establishes water as a human right, and then takes us through the titanic struggle, country by country, to make that right come alive. It’s jolting, compelling, astonishingly comprehensive, and beautifully organized. No one but Maude could have written this tour de force."
—Stephen Lewis, author of Race Against Time

"Blue Future offers yet another clarion call to action [and] challenges all citizens to embrace water as a public trust. We owe much to Maude Barlow, a great Canadian and a leading global voice for public water."
—Paul Moist, national president, Canadian Union of Public Employees

"Blue Future is by far the most up-to-date treatise on threats to the world’s dwindling freshwater supply. The scenario [Barlow] presents is scary. . . . Fortunately, she also proposes what must be done to prevent the corporate control of water. An extremely powerful book."
—David Schindler, professor of ecology, University of Alberta

"Passionate, encyclopedic, prophetic, hopeful—no one knows the planet’s water better than Maude Barlow. And nowhere has she set out the world’s water crisis more starkly than in Blue Future."
—Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick

Product Details

  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595589473
  • Publisher: New Press, The (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGWEZA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read book for any responsible citizen February 15, 2014
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If you care about nature and democracy, this book is a must-read. Maude Barlow does an excellent job explaining how interconnected our actions are, and what it seems progress from an angle is pure devastation when looking at the big picture. The subject of the book is water and how modern society use it and abuse it, but the idea is bigger - the globalization experiment is based on deleting resources at an unsustainable pace. The author suggests democratic ways on how we should interact with nature and how to recognize when governments give in to the requests of powerful interests. The body of evidence is alarming. Decision makers at all levels of government should read this book if they are truly committed to their communities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical reading for all - natural world & politics June 10, 2014
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You will be enlightened, shocked, horrified, about corporate power run amok, vis a vis the world's most important resource for all life: WATER
Everyone should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Future - Maude Barlow. Action needed now! April 8, 2014
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Very important book. Should be recommended reading for all high school and univ. students. There are unfortunate examples all over the world of mis-use, mis-appropriation of this vital resource.
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