Maude Barlow is considered by many to be one of the world’s leading experts on water issues. “This notion that we’ll have water forever is wrong. California is running out. It’s got 20-some years of water,” she says. Barlow talks about how our misuse of water may actually be changing the hydrological cycle and contributing to global warming. In 2008, she was appointed as the United Nations’ first senior adviser on water issues, a role she hopes to use to establish water as a human right. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, a group that works to protect fresh water from trade and privatization around the world. Barlow chairs the board of the Washington-based Food & Water Watch and is also an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award for her work on global water justice. Barlow holds several honorary doctorates and has written or co-written 16 books including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.
Reduced-rate parking for the event is available in the Irving Avenue parking garage.