Maude Barlow

On March 22, 2012, Maude Barlow presented her talk "Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water" at the University of Alberta.

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. Maude chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Maude Barlow was one of the "1000 Women for Peace" nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In the same year, she received the prestigious Lannon Cultural Freedom Fellowship as well as the Right Livelihood Award. Known as the "Alternative Nobel" and given by the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award cited her "exemplary and long-standing worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental right to water." She also won the Citation of Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Canadian Environmental Awards, Canada’s highest environmental honour.

Maude was named the first Advisor on Water to the United Nations where she advises Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockman, the President of the General Assembly.

Maude is the star of several documentaries about water. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the recently released Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

World Water Day

The event marks the celebration of the United Nations World Water Day 2012, an international day of observance that focusses on the importance of freshwater, and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security, and will focus on the interconnections between water use and food production.


Maude Barlow's visit was co-hosted by the Sustainability Speakers Series and Net Impact, University of Alberta School of Business Chapter.

Net Impact's mission is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Open to Faculty of Business graduate students, Net Impact empowers students to use their skills to positively impact their surroundings, help them put their beliefs into action through sustainability efforts, and expands professional networks with other individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Did You Know?

Proceeds from this lecture's ticket sales supported the Campus Food Bank and Green Grants.