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TREATING WATER AS A HUMAN RIGHT, RATHER THAN A COMMODITY

Reviewed by Robyn Lee
Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water. Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke 2002. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing. 278 pp.

"Water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century: the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations." Fortune magazine, May 2000.

Blue Gold exposes in no uncertain terms that the world water supply is in a state of crisis. In this third book co-authored by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, they claim that economic globalization is driving the world water crisis by treating water as a commodity rather than as a basic human right. This book was written as part of a campaign to heighten public awareness that there is an urgent need for action. Most North Americans think that water shortages are a Third World problem. We do not realize the bleak future of the world’s water, and the authors believe that challenging the privatization of water is the essential first step in saving water for future generations.

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