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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Aug 13, 2019 On Sale Date: Sep 03, 2019 Carton Quantity: 60 $19.50 CAD
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Whose Water Is It, Anyway?
Taking Water Protection into Public Hands
By (author): Maude Barlow
9781770414303 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy Sep 03, 2019
$19.50 CAD
Active 4.5 x 7 x 0.38 in 160 pages ECW Press

“Maude Barlow is one of our planet’s greatest water defenders.” — Naomi Klein, bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

The Blue Communities Project is dedicated to three primary things: that access to clean, drinkable water is a basic human right; that municipal and community water will be held in public hands; and that single-use plastic water bottles will not be available in public spaces. With its simple, straightforward approach, the movement has been growing around the world for a decade. Today, Paris, Berlin, Bern, and Montreal are just a few of the cities that have made themselves Blue Communities. In Whose Water Is It, Anyway?, renowned water justice activist Maude Barlow recounts her own education in water issues as she and her fellow grassroots water warriors woke up to the immense pressures facing water in a warming world. Concluding with a step-by-step guide to making your own community blue, Maude Barlow’s latest book is a heartening example of how ordinary people can effect enormous change.

Short Description

Former senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly Maude Barlow chronicles the history of the Blue Communities movement and explains how regular citizens can become water activists within their local communities.

Sales and Market Bullets


  • Barlow’s most recent book on water policy, Boiling Point, made the Globe & Mail bestseller list, and her acclaimed Blue trilogy has surpassed 100K sales internationally.

  • Council of Canadians, Blue Planet Project, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Eau Secours organizations are partners on the Blue Communities project and will support the book.

  • In 2012 Canada recognized the human rights to water and sanitation at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development but has yet to develop a plan of action to implement these rights. The UN Human Rights Council has called on governments to take concrete action, and this drastically increases the need for individual communities to advocate for public water access.

Audience


  • Readers of Maude Barlow’s earlier work and her social platform following (Twitter: 12.2K followers) and those interested in the work of the Council of Canadians (Twitter: 26K followers).

  • Supporters of Blue Dot, David Suzuki’s grassroots campaign based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water.

  • Readers of Naomi Klein, David Boyd, David Suzuki.

Maude Barlow is the international bestselling author of 19 books, including the bestselling Blue Water trilogy. She is the honorary chair of the Council of Canadians and of the Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is on the executive committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and a councillor with the World Future Council. In 2008–09, she served as senior advisor on water to the 63rd president of the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. In 2005, she won the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, the “alternative Nobel.” She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Water inflates cells of all life forms, enables biological metabolism, transports materials throughout our bodies and around the world and provides an aqueous environment for our first nine months of life. Water is not a ‘resource’ or ‘economic opportunity’ but a sacred gift from Nature that is our responsibility to protect and use sparingly so that all life on Earth may flourish. This book is a blueprint for communities around the world to take back that responsibility and maintain water as a human right.” — David Suzuki

“If water shortages and global unrest are on your mind — and they should be — read this book.” — Caryn Mandelbaum, Water Program Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

“In Whose Water Is It, Anyway?: Taking Water Protection into Public Hands, Barlow passionately describes the history of how water, on a global scale, has been systematically transformed from a public good to an economic commodity — right under our noses . . . Fortunately, Barlow provides a blueprint for the work and pathway for hope.” — Winnipeg Free Press

Whose Water Is It, Anyway? gives shape to the many people around the world who expose corporate greed and government mismanagement and absolutely refuse to give up.” — GuelphToday

“Barlow provides the essentials for anyone wishing to join the movement and work to make their own community Blue.” — Tonstant Weader Reviews blog

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