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Blue Future Hardcover – Sep 9 2013
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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. 2013-07-01)
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 2013-07-01)
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 2013-07-01)
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 2013-07-01)
Blue Future offers yet another clarion call to action. [Barlow] 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 2013-07-01)
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 2013-07-01)
Passionate, encyclopaedic, 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: The Global Ocean in Crisis 2013-07-01)
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 John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies 2013-09-06)
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 roadmap for the future gives me hope. (Hauter Wenonah Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch and author of Foodopoly 2013-09-06)
Her work will inspire equal parts outrage and encouragement in anyone who concerned about this most vital natural resource. (Publisher's Weekly 2013-11-04)
...Blue Future is a provocative and inspiring treatse... (Athena McKenzie EverythingZoomer.com 2013-10-10)
About the Author
Maude Barlow is the author of sixteen books, including the international bestsellers Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Threat of the World’s Water (co-written with Tony Clarke) and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. She is currently the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. 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 lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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But there are three problems with this book. The first is that the author overstates her case. She warns about "drought on an unprecedented scale, mass starvation and the migration of millions of water refugees". She ignores that 275,000 people gain access to drinking water every day, that the UN's Millennium Goal for access to drinking water has been met early, that refugees are mostly on the run because of wars and political persecution rather than water scarcity, and that the share of people living in poverty has consistently fallen globally according to the UN and the World Bank. The second problem is that she has a too narrow view of who the villains are - big corporations. The third problem is that she has an equally narrow view about who the heroes are - grass-roots organizations and civil society.
The book leaves no room for subtleties and the complexities of the real world of water, such as how to finance the much needed investments in water infrastructure and how to maintain it in good working order. Nor does it discuss how we can keep water affordable to the poor when most governments are highly indebted, aid is in scarce supply, and the effectiveness of aid is being challenged. In this book, there is no room for the failure of many publicly managed water utilities in developing countries. Nor is there room to discuss why so many wells in rural Africa break down so quickly, or why so many latrines that were given as gifts by charities or governments are not used for their original purpose, but rather used as storage or living areas.
If you feel that the world is being plundered by big corporations, and if grass-roots organizations are your only heroes, then this book will be a good read for you. If you want to better understand how water, the environment, corporations, governments and society interact globally, you may better look for other books.
After having read the book I actually had a chance to attend a talk by the author - unfortunately, instead of honestly discussing the real issues (including also failed community/government management of water) she seemed to be more interested in vilifying the corporate world, coming up with one cliché after the other...
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