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Whose Water Is It, Anyway?

Taking Water Protection into Public Hands

The Blue Communities Project is dedicated to three primary things: that access to clean, drinkable water is a basic human right; that municipal and community water will be held in public hands; and that single-use plastic water bottles will not be available in public spaces. With its simple, straightforward approach, the movement has been growing around the world for a decade. Today, Paris, Berlin, Bern, and Montreal are just a few of the cities that have made themselves Blue Communities. In Whose Water Is It, Anyway?, renowned water justice activist Maude Barlow recounts her own education in water issues as she and her fellow grassroots water warriors woke up to the immense pressures facing water in a warming world. Concluding with a step-by-step guide to making your own community blue, Maude Barlow’s latest book is a heartening example of how ordinary people can effect enormous change.


Maude Barlow

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.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


Introduction 8 $0.80


In this reading, the author provides the background on how she became involved in water activism. She goes on to discuss how government deregulation has allowed corporations to exploit water as a … 30 $3.00


In this reading, the author provides a history of the Global Water Justice movement. She introduces the reader to a variety of individuals from around the world who have shaped this movement. The … 27 $2.70


In this reading, the author narrows her focus to look at water activism within Canada. The chapter explores the work of a variety of water activists across Canada. Particular focus is placed on … 25 $2.50


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 … 22 $2.20


The final chapter of this title explores ongoing Blue Community movements in Africa and Asia as well as a vision for the future of global water security. 21 $2.10


Afterword 2 $0.20


Appendix 14 $1.40