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As Congress faces growing conflicts over declining water supplies, grapples with our nation’s deteriorating water infrastructure, and considers how to ensure that the world’s poor have access to safe and affordable water, Food & Water Watch invites you to join us for a conversation with outspoken activist Maude Barlow about her new book:

Blue Covenant:  The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water

Friday February 29, 2008
10:00 A.M.
1116 Longworth House Office Building

According to the author, Blue Covenant addresses an environmental crisis that — together with global warming — poses one of the gravest threats to our survival, the global water crisis.  Blue Covenant takes an up-to-date and comprehensive look at both the global water crisis and the political struggle surrounding the world’s dwindling water supplies.  Arguing that water is a basic right and should not be a commodity, Barlow explores not only the ecological and human crisis in detail but also the political struggle over control of freshwater.

Maude Barlow is head of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization, and founder of the Blue Planet project.  A recipient of Sweden’s Right Livelihood Award (“The Alternative Nobel”) for her work in the water justice movement, she is author of sixteen books, including (with Tony Clarke) Blue Gold, which has been translated into sixteen languages and published in nearly fifty countries.  Sometimes called the "Ralph Nader of Canada, Ms. Barlow is a member of the World Future Council and is on the board of directors of Food & Water Watch and the International Forum on Globalization.

No reply is necessary to attend the Friday briefing.  For more information, contact Zach Corrigan at 202-683-2451 or [email protected]


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