An Inconvenient Truth of water.
“Imagine a world in twenty years, in which no substantive progress has been made to provide basic wastewater service in the Third World, or to force industry and industrial agriculture production to stop polluting water systems, or to curb the mass movement of water by pipeline, tanker and other diversion, which will have created huge new swaths of desert.”
“Desalination plants will ring the world’s oceans, many of them run by nuclear power; corporate nanotechnology will clean up sewage water and sell it to private utilities who will sell it back to us at a huge profit; the rich will drink only bottled water found in the few remote parts of the world left or sucked from the clouds by machines, while the poor die in increasing numbers. This is not science fiction. This is where the world is headed unless we change course.”
— Maude Barlow
“Maude Barlow makes a most compelling argument about what will be the greatest environmental and human crisis of the 21st Century – the global water crisis and access to safe drinking water being a basic human right. You will not turn on the tap in the same way after reading this book.” –Robert Redford, July 29, 2008
“A sobering read…. disturbing…Ms. Barlow’s book is another in what can only be described as a gathering storm of evidence of the global water crisis.” –Globe and Mail
“Maude Barlow conjures a grim peek 20 years into the future…in Blue Covenant, she has tapped into an issue of primordial importance whose time has clearly come.” –Montreal Gazette
“The global water crisis is the first face of climate change. Protecting our water sources is as crucial as curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Maude Barlow has for decades been a leading voice for water sustainability and justice. In Blue Covenant, she shows us the way.” –David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster and author of The Sacred Balance
“Blue Covenant is the most important book that’s ever been written on the global water crisis. It’s a wake-up call that should be read by everyone from world leaders to students. Maude Barlow has done it again—taken a difficult and frightening subject and made it an absorbing read.” –Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch
“To sum up, the first three chapters of the book tell a grim, depressing and frightening story, but chapters four and five dispel the gloom (at least partly) and offer a degree of hope through their accounts of the battles fought by the water warriors, some of them remarkably successful, and of the progress of the idea of the right to water. ” – The Hindu
Written by Maude Barlow
Available: October 16, 2007
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-7710-1072-9 (0-7710-1072-9)
Also available in French, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, and Spanish.