Synopses & Reviews
A passionate call to action from one of the leading voices in the global struggle for universal access to the earth's most vital element--a sequel to the acclaimed Blue Gold, Life requires access to clean water; to deny the right to water is to deny the right to life.--from the introduction to Blue Covenant
In their international bestseller Blue Gold, Maude Barlow and co-author Tony Clarke exposed how a handful of corporations are gaining ownership and control of the earth's dwindling water supply, depriving millions of people around the world of access to this most basic of resources and accelerating the onset of a global water crisis.
Blue Covenant, the sequel to Blue Gold, describes a powerful response to this trend: the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to have water declared a basic human right, something that can't be bought or sold for profit.
World-renowned activist Maude Barlow is at the center of this movement, which is gaining popular and political support across the globe, encompassing protests in India against U.S. bottling giant Coca-Cola; in Bolivia against the water privatization scheme of European water conglomerate Suez; against the use of water meters in South Africa; and over groundwater mining in Barrington, New Hampshire, and dozens of other communities in North America.
With great passion and clarity, Barlow traces the history of these international battles, documents the life-and-death stakes involved in the fight for the right to water, and lays out the actions that we as global citizens must take to secure a water--just world--a blue covenant--for all.
In "Blue Gold," the authors exposed how a handful of corporations is gaining ownership and control of the Earths dwindling water supply. This follow-up describes a powerful response to this trend: the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to have water declared a basic human right.
In a book hailed by Publishers Weekly
as a passionate plea for access to water activism,” Blue Covenant
addresses an environmental crisis thattogether with global warmingposes one of the gravest threats to our survival.
How did the worlds most vital resource become imperiled? And what must we do to pull back from the brink? In stark and nearly devastating prose” (Booklist), world-renowned activist and bestselling author Maude Barlowwho is featured in the acclaimed documentary Flowdiscusses the state of the worlds water. Barlow examines how water companies are reaping vast profits from declining supplies, and how ordinary people from around the world have banded together to reclaim the publics right to clean water, creating a grassroots global water justice movement. While tracing the history of international battles for the right to water, she documents the life-and-death stakes involved in the fight and lays out the actions that we as global citizens must take to secure a water-just world for all.
As people around the world turn their attention to the effects of climate change, Blue Covenant is a timely and important reminder for us to take heed of the global water crisiss impact on humans and the natural world.