Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism
From her days in second-wave feminist activism to her battle against the precursor to NAFTA to her indefatigable fight for social justice and water rights for all, Maude shares her stories and her expertise to inspire us and show us how we can do it too.
“We live in uncertain times in which the insatiable greed of the most powerful is leading us to unprecedented crises on multiple fronts, such as the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inexorable bursting of the global financial bubble. While there is certainly no shortage of reasons for pessimism, in this book, Maude Barlow projects that supportive energy and rebellious, proactive intelligence with which she has inspired us throughout her life and which we need today more than ever. Thank you, Maude.” — Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
“In a world that is thirsty for good news, Maude Barlow delivers a delightfully refreshing book. Drawing on decades of experience campaigning relentlessly for clean water, social justice, and a better future, this is her most personal and most powerful book. I laughed, I cried, and I wished that Maude Barlow was Canada’s prime minister.” — Dr. David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and author of Thirst for Justice
“A refreshing take on the power of people-based movements … A worthy message from an iconic Canadian social justice activist.” — The Council of Canadians
“This book is so useful for the youth discouraged by the lies and unkept promises of the politicians of this world. A book where hope isn’t an abstract concept, Barlow gifts us concrete and real stories that can be only inspiring and worth sharing with readers.” — Rabble
“Maude Barlow’s latest book, Still Hopeful, does a masterful job of addressing this dilemma [hope]. She definitely does not buy into mindless optimism that humanity will certainly be able to address the multiple crises that we are facing, nor does she succumb to despair that we are helpless in the face of these existential challenges. Instead, we are treated to an eloquent and personal account of her experience of more than four decades as an organizer, activist, and writer in her fight against greed, patriarchy, pollution, and inequality, among other evils.” — Canadian Dimension