Everyone knows that water is the stuff of life. But is it best viewed as a commodity or as part of the commons? Should providing safe, affordable water be the role of governments, corporations, or partnerships between the two? On Tuesday, July 13 (dates may vary for local stations), the PBS show P.O.V. is airing "Thirst," a documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman that addresses these and other issues about water privatization. In partnership with P.O.V., Grist is hosting a week-long debate on the merits of water privatization between Peter Cook, executive director of the National Association of Water …
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Maude Barlow is the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada's largest citizen's advocacy organization, and the founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works to stop commodification of the world's water. She is also a director of the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization. Maude is the recipient of numerous educational awards and has received honorary doctorates from four Canadian universities for her social justice work. She is the best-selling author or coauthor of 14 books, including Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop Corporate Theft of the World's Water, written with Tony Clarke.