Maude Barlow supports ECI Water is a human right

As she spoke in Vienna at a conference on the future of water services in Europe, Maude Barlow expressed her support and admiration for the European Citizens’ Initiative and what we have achieved so far. “I am really honoured to be with you today and to support the European Citizens’ Initiative, “Water and Sanitation are a human right.” I have enormous respect for the work you have done collectively as well as the incredible fight back being waged against the terrible austerity programs imposed in individual countries against the best interests of their citizens. your Europe wide citizens’

initiative referendum on the right to water is one of t he most important developments to emerge here in decades and we cheer you from all around the world.”  

“What I can tell you is that the struggle for water justice is the most powerful struggle I know and absolutely key to all the others. We need democratic, just and public control of water if we are to survive.  And the beauty of it is that the struggle for this water justice will teach us what we need to know about to live more lightly on this lovely planet and live more gently with one another.  I thank you with all my heart for the wonderful fight you are putting up against this corporate power play going under the banner of austerity. I know water warriors around the world are with you in your fight to protect Europe’s water for the earth and future generations.  As the late American scientists Carl Sagan said, we are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. “Don’t sit this one out! Do something!” he said. We won’t sit it out and what we do today will steer us to the sustainable and just future we know is possible.”

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