The University of Portland has banned the sale of bottled water on its campus. It’s the first on the West Coast to do so. And international water activist Maude Barlow couldn’t be happier about it. She served as the senior advisor on water to the president of the United Nations. She founded Blue Planet Project. And she chairs the board of the Washington-based Food and Water Watch. Maude Barlow believes that water is a basic human right and it wouldn’t be going too far to say she has an international mission to make free, clean water available to everyone.
Maude Barlow joins us to update us on international water issues, and to bring the story home to Cascade Locks, Wilsonville, and your very own water supply. How do you prefer to get your drinking water: from the bottle or the tap?
Do you believe water should be free to all? Or do you like the freedom to be able to buy a bottle from your convenience store?
- Maude Barlow: chair of the board of Food and Water Watch and past senior advisor on water to the 63rd president of the United Nations General Assembly
- Steve Kolmes: chair of the environmental science department at University of Portland and organizer of the upcoming water conference at UP: Confluences
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017