She will speak on “Water for Sale: How trade agreements like NAFTA threaten water protection and promote water privatization.” The presentation is Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at the Tatamagouche Centre.
Barlow is the Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson and social and environmental justice advocate. She chairs the Washington-based Food and Water Watch Board and serves on the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Executive and is a councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
In 2008-09, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the UN General Assembly where she was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She is the author of dozens of reports as well as 18 books, including Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis.
Barlow said in addressing Trent University, after receiving an honorary Doctorate, “Do not listen to those who say there is nothing you can do to the very real and large social and environmental issues of our time. There are serious problems that beset our world. I'm not now talking about a false sense of optimism based on ignoring the very real crises we face, but there is so much room for hope. And such a need to bring joy and excitement to our commitment to a different future. I swear to you this is true.”