Barlow, Maude, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

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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

Barlow, Maude. Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever. New York: The New Press, 2014.

In her major new book, Barlow draws on her extensive experience and insight to lay out a set of key principles that show the way forward to what she calls a “water-secure and water-just world.” Not only does she reveal the powerful players even now impeding the recognition of the human right to water, she argues that water must not become a commodity to be bought and sold on the open market. Focusing on solutions, she includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, as well as government policies that work for both people and the planet.

(Text adapted from The New Press website.)