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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Aug 13, 2019 On Sale Date: Sep 03, 2019 Carton Quantity: 60 $19.50 CAD
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Whose Water Is It, Anyway?
Taking Water Protection into Public Hands
By (author): Maude Barlow


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 03, 2019
$19.50 CAD


7in x 4.5 x 0.38 in | 0.33 lb

Page Count:

160 pages
ECW Press
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
Environmental policy and protocols|Environmental management|Conservation of the environment
  • Short Description
Former senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly Maude Barlow chronicles the history of the Blue Communities movement and explains how regular citizens can become water activists within their local communities.

“Maude Barlow is one of our planet’s greatest water defenders.” — Naomi Klein, bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

“This book is a blueprint for communities around the world to take back that responsibility and maintain water as a human right.” — David Suzuki

“This is a must-read.” — Jane Fonda

A call to action from former Senior Advisor on Water to the U.N., honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians, chair of Washing-based Food and Water Watch, and councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council

The Blue Communities Project is dedicated to three primary things: that access to clean, drinkable water is a basic human right; that municipal and community water will be held in public hands; and that single-use plastic water bottles will not be available in public spaces. With its simple, straightforward approach, the movement has been growing around the world for a decade. Today, Paris, Berlin, Bern, and Montreal are just a few of the cities that have made themselves Blue Communities. In Whose Water Is It, Anyway?, renowned water justice activist Maude Barlow recounts her own education in water issues as she and her fellow grassroots water warriors woke up to the immense pressures facing water in a warming world. Concluding with a step-by-step guide to making your own community blue, Maude Barlow’s latest book is a heartening example of how ordinary people can effect enormous change.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Barlow’s most recent book on water policy, Boiling Point, made the Globe & Mail bestseller list, and her acclaimed Blue trilogy has surpassed 100K sales internationally.

  • Council of Canadians, Blue Planet Project, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Eau Secours organizations are partners on the Blue Communities project and will support the book.

  • In 2012 Canada recognized the human rights to water and sanitation at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development but has yet to develop a plan of action to implement these rights. The UN Human Rights Council has called on governments to take concrete action, and this drastically increases the need for individual communities to advocate for public water access.


  • Readers of Maude Barlow’s earlier work and her social platform following (Twitter: 12.2K followers) and those interested in the work of the Council of Canadians (Twitter: 26K followers).

  • Supporters of Blue Dot, David Suzuki’s grassroots campaign based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water.

  • Readers of Naomi Klein, David Boyd, David Suzuki.

Promotional Plans

  • Pitch to major dailies (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal).

  • Pitch to science and nature publications (Popular Science, Discover, Nature, A\J: Alternatives Journal).

  • Pitch interviews to local radio and television outlets (CBC morning shows, Breakfast Television, CTV’s Your Morning).

  • Continue to support author’s ongoing speaking engagements.

Maude Barlow is the bestselling author of 20 books. She sits on the board of Food & Water Watch, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and is a councillor with the World Future Council. She served as senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates, the Right Livelihood Award and is the current chancellor of Brescia University. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Water inflates cells of all life forms, enables biological metabolism, transports materials throughout our bodies and around the world and provides an aqueous environment for our first nine months of life. Water is not a ‘resource’ or ‘economic opportunity’ but a sacred gift from Nature that is our responsibility to protect and use sparingly so that all life on Earth may flourish. This book is a blueprint for communities around the world to take back that responsibility and maintain water as a human right.” — David Suzuki

“If water shortages and global unrest are on your mind — and they should be — read this book.” — Caryn Mandelbaum, Water Program Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Whose Water Is It, Anyway? is in fact a bouncy book of hope … Amid all the frustrations and disappointments of the global environmental crisis, Barlow seems to have hit upon a really good idea … What Barlow is teaching us with this punchy little book is that, yes, there can be hope.” — the Globe and Mail

“This is a must-read.” — Jane Fonda

“In Whose Water Is It, Anyway?: Taking Water Protection into Public Hands, Barlow passionately describes the history of how water, on a global scale, has been systematically transformed from a public good to an economic commodity — right under our noses … Fortunately, Barlow provides a blueprint for the work and pathway for hope.” — Winnipeg Free Press

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