Will the global community define water as a human right, available to all, or as a commodity to be bought, sold, traded, and ultimately out of reach from the poorest people on this earth? Liz Marshall's documentary, Water on the Table, explores this question through a portrait of Maude Barlow and her tireless efforts to define water as a human right.
The Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow has been visiting communities around Ontario's Great Lakes, talking to people about the urgent need to address the toll industrial pollution, climate change, over-extraction, invasive species and wetland loss are taking on the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world.
Last night she spoke at London's Aeolian Hall, the last stop on her "Great Lakes Need Great Friends" tour.
"We're living in a world that is losing water," says Barlow. "We're taking water and removing it, polluting it and mismanaging it." Studies support Barlow's assertion, showing that by the year 2030 demand for water in the world will outstrip supply by 40 per cent. That, says Barlow, is catastrophic.
Watch live TONIGHT: Great Lakes need great friends: Maude Barlow's final stop on the Great Lakes tour
Join Maude Barlow and other guests to celebrate the Great Lakes – a common heritage that belongs to the Earth, other species and future generations as well as our own. Hear how we can collectively protect them from private interests and government complacency and restore more democratic control over them. Maude Barlow will be joined tonight by Thom McClenaghan, President, Friends of the Coves Subwatershed and Patrick Donnelly, Urban Watershed Program Manager City of London.
rabble.ca live-streamed the "Indignez-Vous! Hope in Resistance" conference October 21 and 22.
Time is running out to stop CETA -- the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement being negotiated between Canada and the European Union. Negotiations are being held in Ottawa this week and this could be the final time both parties sit down at the table.
Municipalities across Canada are raising concerns about CETA and the implications for public water, local procurement and democracy.
Here's three things you can do to help stop this dangerous trade deal being negotiated behind closed doors:
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