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Read all posts by Maude Barlow.

Maude Barlow

Recent: Detroit, Don’t Take Water Away From Those Who Can’t Afford It

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a board member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eleven honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US). In 2008/2009, 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 is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 17 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever.

Read all posts by Brent Patterson.

Brent Patterson

Recent: Blue Planet Project in solidarity with Irish right to water protests

Brent Patterson is the Political Director for the Council of Canadians and the Blue Planet Project. He blogs regularly for this website on the right to water and sanitation and international water issues. His international work has included organizing for climate justice at the United Nations conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun, lobbying for trade justice at the European Parliament in Strasburg and Brussels, and participating in the historic Peoples’ Conference on the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba. Brent has a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from York University in Toronto. His political activism began almost 25 years ago rebuilding damaged schools in revolutionary Nicaragua.

Read all posts by Meera Karunananthan.

Meera Karunananthan

Recent: Right to water must be recognized in Sustainable Development Goals, say civil society groups

Meera Karunananthan is a Water Campaigner for the Council of Cana­dians and also works internationally on behalf of the Blue Planet Project. Meera is currently completing a Master’s thesis examining the corporate appropriation of right to water discourse and its impact on public policy. She works with allied groups on water rights and rights of nature issues.

Read all posts by Emma Lui.

Emma Lui

Emma Lui is a Water Campaigner for the Council of Canadians. Her areas of focus include the Great Lakes, hydraulic fracturing, water privatization and other water justice issues. She has a Bachelor of Arts in human rights and law and a Master of Arts in political economy, specializing in water privatization and global governance.

Read all posts by Claudia Campero-Arena.

Claudia Campero-Arena

Recent: Temacapulín, Jalisco in a key moment of the struggle

Claudia Campero is a Water Campaigner for Blue Planet Project and Food and Water Watch in Mexico. She helps coordinate with organizations around the world in international efforts such as celebrating Blue October and challenging the World Water Forum. She also promotes the human right to water and monitors water privatization in Mexico and other Latin-American countries to help raise awareness for action. She studied geography at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and holds a Masters in Urban Development Planning from the University College London. She is a founding and active member of COMDA (Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water) that was part of the movement of the Rallies in the Defense of Water in Mexico City in 2006.

Read all posts by Madhuresh Kumar.

Madhuresh Kumar

Recent: Water and Politics : Narmada Kshipra River Link in Madhya Pradesh

Madhuresh Kumar does campaigns and policy advocacy work with the National Alliance of People’s Movements in India. He is a researcher and social activist, specializing in globalization and human rights issues. Madhuresh recently joined the Blue Planet Project team and will help monitor and promote the realization of the human right to water in India and around the world.

Read all posts by Koni Benson.

Koni Benson

Koni Benson supports local organizing for public services in South Africa. Since 2006 she has worked at the International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG) in Cape Town doing collaborative research, popular political education, and accessible publications for trade unions and social movements. She works with a network of informal settlements under threat of removal in campaigns to resist ‘slum’ eradication, and for access to public services including water, housing, and healthcare. She has a PhD in History and is currently producing life histories of unfolding political struggles of women shack dwellers collectively resisting slum clearance and displacement and fighting for access to housing in apartheid and post apartheid South Africa.

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