Tuesday Evening
Community Outreach Session

Tuesday, 8 June 2010, 20:00 – 21:00
Santa Fe Convention Center Ballroom

Blue Covenant, Toward a Future of Water for All

A presentation by Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The global water crisis now poses the greatest threat to human rights of our time. Close to three billion people have no running water within a kilometer of their home, and every eight seconds a child dies of water borne disease. These deaths are totally avoidable. Maude Barlow will present her analysis of the ecological and human water crisis before us and her solution for a water secure future based on the core of principles of watershed restoration, water as a public trust and the human right to water.

Biographical Information: Maude Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and senior advisor on water to the president of the United Nations General Assembly. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Barlow is the recipient of eight 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, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.