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.
Human rights advocates express solidarity with Kalahari Bushmen
Blue Planet Project Founder and Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow; Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly; and Focus on the Global South Executive Director, Pablo Solón Romero, have sent a letter to Botswanan President Ian Khama to express their solidarity with the Kalahari Bushmen whose rights continue to be violated by the Botswana government.
Despite court rulings establishing the rights of the Bushmen to access drinking water and live freely on their ancestral land, the government of Botswana continues to persecute its first peoples. They have been prevented from hunting and are forced to apply for permits to enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
For the past several years, the Kalahari Bushmen have been fighting for their rights against the interests of the diamond and tourism industries. And now the government has allowed Tlou Energy to explore for coal bed methane within the reserve without the free, prior and informed consent of the Kalahari Bushmen.
Please join Maude, Father Miguel and Pablo in urging the Botswana government to respect the rights of indigenous peoples in the Kalahari.
For more information on the struggle of the Kalahari Bushmen and to take action visit: http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/bushmen
Blue Future: The 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.
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.