October 10, 2007
Tin Mountain Conservation Center,
Albany, New Hampshire
Maude Barlow is national
chairperson of The Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet
Project, which works to stop commodification of the worlds water. She is co-author of Blue Gold: The
Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water, an exposé of the
world's water crisis.
Maude will discuss her
experiences in the international movement against the commodification of water.
While in Maine and New Hampshire, she will offer support and encouragement from
this global grassroots movement to local activists who are struggling to keep
water out of corporate hands.
For years, residents of the
Saco River Watershed, in particular those in Fryeburg, Maine, have found
themselves in a complicated struggle against Poland Spring, a subsidiary of
Nestlé S.A., the giant Swiss-based, multinational corporation. Currently,
residents are trying to curtail an expansion of Poland Spring's operation
because of concerns ranging from the increase in truck traffic to the wisdom of
allowing unchecked corporate exploitation of Maine's water supply.
Maude Barlow, Council of