Blue Communities Give Hope in Europe
This reading takes a country by country look at water activism in Europe. The beginnings of the Blue Community movement in Switzerland is discussed, followed by a discussion of the spread of similar movements across France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom. The chapter ends with a discussion of the role that the World Council of Churches has played in the Blue Community Movement.
Maude Barlow is the international bestselling author of 19 books, including the bestselling Blue Water trilogy. She is the honorary chair of the Council of Canadians and of the Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is on the executive committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and a councillor with the World Future Council. In 2008–09, she served as senior advisor on water to the 63rd president of the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. In 2005, she won the prestigious Right Livelihood Award, the “alternative Nobel.” She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.