Planet Indy: Maude Barlow on the Right to Clean Water

The world is running out of available fresh water and billions are at risk. Should water be considered a public resource and a human right, or sold on the open market like any product? As Indiana ranks 49th out of 50 states in environmental quality, do Indiana residents have access to clean water and waterways? Global water activist Maude Barlow shares her three-point plan toward a water-secure world and offers new ways of perceiving local water resources. Barlow chairs the boards of the Washington-based Food and Water Watch, and the Council of Canadians; in 2008–09, she served as senior advisor on water to the U.N. General Assembly.

This talk is part of FLOW: Can You See the River? - a visionary art project conceived by visual artist Mary Miss, commissioned by the IMA, with the FLOW: White River Festival facilitated by EcoArts Connections and more than 20 leading arts, science, environment, and municipal organizations and agencies, including IMA. FLOW// includes art installations located throughout Indianapolis, a Raindrop mobile app, and the Festival, which takes place September 22–October 1.More at www.flowcanyouseetheriver.org or on Twitter at #FlowIndy.

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