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Maude Barlow Lecture Rescheduled for March 31

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
March 24, 2010

Water rights activist Maude Barlow will speak at on March 31, 2010, as part of UNH's "Tap In."

A lecture by water rights activist Maude Barlow has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:10 p.m. in 115 Murkland Hall. Barlow’s lecture, called “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water,” is part of “Tap In,” a series of events exploring water issues sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and Food & Water Watch.

Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chair of the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. In 2008-09, Barlow served as senior advisor on water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best-seller “Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis” and “The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.” Barlow is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award.

The “Tap In” series continues with the film “Flow” (rescheduled from February) Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 6 p.m. in the MUB Theatre I. Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary film investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century --  the world water crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question, “Can anyone really own water?”

The water series closes with a screening of the film “Liquid Assets” Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 6 p.m. in the MUB I. This 90-minute documentary tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems — some in the ground for more than 100 years — provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation’s history.

UNH is a leader in conserving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and integrating sustainability throughout its curricula, operations, research, and engagement efforts. UNH has earned many accolades for its sustainability initiatives, including awards and recognition from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sustainable Endowments Institute, Sierra Club, Princeton Review, and Business NH Magazine. Highlights of its sustainability commitment include EcoLine, an innovative landfill gas-to-energy project that will provide up to 85 percent of the university’s energy needs; having the largest transit system in the state; being the first in the nation to receive an EPA Energy Star building rating for residence halls; a new EcoGastronomy dual major; a graduate certificate in sustainability politics and policy; and innovative research and engagement efforts like Carbon Solutions New England and the NH Farm to School program.

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