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I long ago stopped believing that most corporations and politicians had the good of the public in mind. We need independent groups like Food & Water Watch to raise awareness and advocate for ethical, environmentally positive laws.
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About Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow, best-selling Canadian author and human rights activist, is the chair of the board of Food & Water Watch. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization, founder of the Blue Planet Project, and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Maude is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Award, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008 and 2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly.  

What’s New?

Report: Energy East Pipeline Route Crosses 961 Waterways

A new report from the Council of Canadians says the Energy East Pipeline would cross and endanger 961 waterways that are important for drinking water, First Nations cultures and treaty rights, fish and wildlife habitat and tourism. Learn more in the Council of Canadians’ report, Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water.

Great Lakes Could become Carbon Corridor, says Maude Barlow in New Report

As governments approve tar sands oil and fracking projects around the Great Lakes, the Council of Canadians is warning that these extreme energy projects are putting the Great Lakes in peril. Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow outlines the web of pipelines, refineries and oil shipments that threaten the Lakes in her new report released on March 17 entitled, Liquid Pipeline: Extreme energy’s threat to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

“We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg and only just beginning to understand the grave impacts these extreme energy projects are going to have on the Great Lakes. We often see these projects approved piecemeal but we have to step back and think about how all these projects are going to affect the Lakes,” says Barlow in her report, which is available here.

Recent Books


Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

The final book in Maude Barlow’s Blue trilogy, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever is a powerful, penetrating, and timely look at the global water crisis — and what we can do to prevent it.




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

A follow-up to the best-selling book Blue Gold, Blue Covenant details the looming water crisis and the powerful interests that are fighting to privatize and capitalize on dwindling fresh water supplies. The book highlights the burgeoning global water justice movement and calls for a covenant between nations to define the world’s fresh water as a human right and a public trust rather than a commercial product.