“Canada’s best-known voice of dissent.” — CBC
“It’s time we listened to the Maude Barlows of the world.” — CNN
In this timely book, Barlow counters the prevailing atmosphere of pessimism that surrounds us and offers lessons of hope that she has learned from a lifetime of activism. She has been a linchpin in three major movements in her life: second-wave feminism, the battle against free trade and globalization, and the global fight for water justice. From each of these she draws her lessons of hope, emphasizing that effective activism is not really about the goal, rather it is about building a movement and finding like-minded people to carry the load with you. Barlow knows firsthand how hard fighting for change can be. But she also knows that change does happen and that hope is the essential ingredient.
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Maude Barlow is the bestselling author of 20 books. She sits on the board of Food & Water Watch, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and is a councillor with the World Future Council. She served as senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates, the Right Livelihood Award and is the current chancellor of Brescia University. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Published: March 2022
Dimensions: 5 x 7.75 in.
“We live in uncertain times in which the insatiable greed of the most powerful is leading us to unprecedented crises on multiple fronts, such as the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inexorable bursting of the global financial bubble. While there is certainly no shortage of reasons for pessimism, in this book, Maude Barlow projects that supportive energy and rebellious, proactive intelligence with which she has inspired us throughout her life and which we need today more than ever. Thank you, Maude.” — Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
“A refreshing take on the power of people-based movements … A worthy message from an iconic Canadian social justice activist.” — The Council of Canadians
“In a world that is thirsty for good news, Maude Barlow delivers a delightfully refreshing book. Drawing on decades of experience campaigning relentlessly for clean water, social justice, and a better future, this is her most personal and most powerful book. I laughed, I cried, and I wished that Maude Barlow was Canada’s prime minister.” — Dr. David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and author of Thirst for Justice