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GLIN==> New book: "The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World's Water"



Posted on behalf of Debbie Gaudet DGaudet@genpub.com
 
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For Immediate Release

              contact: Debbie Gaudet (416) 445-3333, ext.352;
            fax (416) 445-5967; email: dgaudet@stoddartpub.com

    "The wars of the next century will be about water."--The World Bank

                       Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke
                                 Blue Gold
          The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World's Water

                            $29.95    280 pages
                            ISBN-0-7737-3306-x

                      Publication Date: March 9, 2002

Increasingly,  transnational  corporations  are  plotting  to  control  the
world's  dwindling water supply. The major bottled-water producers--Perrier,
Evian,  Naya  and  now Coca Cola and PepsiCo--are part of one of the fastest
growing  and  least  regulated industries, buying up fresh-water rights and
drying  up  crucial  supplies. Governments have colluded with the corporate
sector to cash in on the "blue gold" and cannot draft effective legislation
to ensure that water is preserved and protected for future generations. The
problem  is especially dire now that water has been commodified by both the
North  America Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization. Maude
Barlow  and  Tony  Clarke,  two of the most active opponents to this trend,
show  how  the corporate giants act in their own interest and how, contrary
to  received wisdom, water only flows uphill to the wealthy, who can afford
it.

The consumption of water doubles every 20 years--more than twice the rate of
the increase in human population. Blue Gold captures in striking detail the
forces  behind the increasing depletion of the world's fresh water, and the
human and ecological impacts.

Maude  Barlow  is  the  national  volunteer  chairperson for the Council of
Canadians.  She  is  a director of the International Forum on Globalization
and  the founder of the Blue Planet Project, a global citizens' movement to
protect water.

Tony  Clarke  is the director of the Polaris Institute of Canada and chairs
the committee on corporations for the International Forum on Globalization.
Together,  Barlow  and Clarke have co-authored four books, including Global
Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting Global Corporate Rule.