Sidore Lecturer Maude Barlow Rescheduled to April 1

March 18th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project, will discuss “The Global Water Crisis and the Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in the Silver Center at Plymouth State University. Her talk is sponsored by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series.

Barlow asks whether water is a market commodity to be put on the open market for sale, like running shoes, or is it a public trust and a human right? Barlow will share her experiences at the heart of this debate.

On one side of the debate are the World Bank, many First World governments, and large water transnationals like Coca-Cola and Nestlé. On the other side, a global water justice movement of people and communities determined to take back control of life-giving local water sources fights the market commodity concept.

Barlow is a Canadian author and activist. She is national chairperson of a citizens’ advocacy organization, The Council of Canadians, with members across Canada. She also chairs the board of Food & Water Watch, a Washington-based entity, and is an executive member of the International Forum on Globalization in California.

She has received honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities for work in social justice and has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, and the 2005 Right Livelihood Award, among many others.

Barlow’s latest book, Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, discusses her world-wide findings about our diminishing water resources as well as the increasing privatization of water sources and the grassroots groups that are fighting back against what she calls corporate theft.

In an interview with Tara Lohan for AlterNet, Barlow said the U.S. and Canada have no contingency plan and no understanding that increasing demands on water must stop … “no understanding about how nature works, how the hydrologic cycle needs to be protected and how watersheds need to be protected ….”

The free program begins at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts, on Main Street in Plymouth. A reception and light refreshments follow.

The next speaker in the series will be Adam Jones, associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, speaking on “The Future of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.”

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

For information contact Professor Mark Fischler, mjfischler@plymouth.edu or log on to plymouth.edu/sidore.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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