Maude Barlow to speak at U. of Guelph

January 15th, 2011

International Water Warrior, Maude Barlow will speak on January 26 at 7pm at War Memorial Hall on the global water crisis and the fight for the water commons. The title of her talk is “Why Water Matters”.

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. In 2008/2009 Maude served as the Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly.  She is the subject of the award-winning documentary Water on the Table, and is also the best-selling author and co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Coming Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

There will be a local water resource fair to highlight community and student initiatives and concerns about water protection immediately following Barlow’s talk in the reception area of War Memorial Hall.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

The event is free, with donations accepted for Wellington Water Watchers.

Maude Barlow’s talk is part of the University of Guelph’s annual Civic Imprints Week of Action, from January 22-28.  Throughout the week a diverse range of events and activities are designed to promote active civic engagement, with a particular focus on the theme of ‘water’.

“We live in a precarious time where we are at risk of losing our precious water supplies to such issues as climate change and privatization of the water commons.  This is a local and global issue, and we want to make water matter by exploring the topic through environmental, political, economic, social justice, civic, and spiritual lenses”, said Janet Doner, coordinator of Civic Engagement in Student Life.

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