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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?

Everyone in Detroit Should Have Access to Clean Water: As experts from the United Nations visit Detroit, Maude weighs in on the latest developments in the struggle to restore access to water in this troubled city.

Animated Video Highlights Energy East Threats to Canadian Waterways and Climate

Energy East 101, a four-minute animation by the Council of Canadians and Equiterre, is set to take the internet by storm. Using a technique known as “handimation,” the short video gives a comprehensive background on the controversial Energy East pipeline proposed by TransCanada.

“TransCanada has been throwing a phenomenal amount of money into their one-sided promotion of Energy East,” says Barlow. “We hope that we can counter their sales pitch with an accessible, educational video to inform the public about the very real risks of this pipeline.”

Learn more and watch the video here.

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.

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.