Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water

Policies, Water

Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water

“Life requires access to clean water; to deny the right to water is to deny the right to life.”—from the introduction to Blue Covenant

In their international bestseller Blue Gold, Maude Barlow and co-author Tony Clarke exposed how a handful of corporations are gaining ownership and control of the earth’s dwindling water supply, depriving millions of people around the world of access to this most basic of resources and accelerating the onset of a global water crisis.

Blue Covenant, the sequel to Blue Gold, describes a powerful response to this trend: the emergence of an international, grassroots-led movement to have water declared a basic human right, something that can’t be bought or sold for profit.

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Blue Gold: The Global Water Crisis And The Commodification Of The World’s Water Supply

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Blue Gold: The Global Water Crisis And The Commodification Of The World’s Water Supply

Increasingly, transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply. In England and France, where water has already been privatized, rates have soared and water shortages have been severe. The major bottled-water producers – Perrier, Evian, Naya, and now Coca-Cola and PepsiCo – are part of one of the fastest growing and least regulated industries, buying up freshwater rights and drying up crucial supplies.

Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to this trend, show how the corporate giants act in their own interest and how, contrary to received wisdom, water only flows uphill to the wealthy, who can afford it.

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