Water is a basic human need, necessary for sustaining life. However, the battle over water, who owns water, and who has access to it, has become a global concern. It is also the life’s work of Maude Barlow, a leading advocate for water rights.
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a founding member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eleven honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honor of the Sierra Club.
In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.
Sponsored by the UM-Flint Department of Anthropology and the UM-Flint Student Government
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Harding Mott University Center Michigan Rooms
Booksigning immediately follows
The Barnes and Noble University Bookstore will have copies of Ms. Barlow’s books for sale before and after the event.