The United Nations named a “water czar” this week to advise the world body on water policy. And while no one disputes the growing importance of water-supply issues around the globe, some are wondering if they’ve picked the right woman for the job.
Supporters say Maude Barlow of Canada is the perfect choice. “We are just thrilled. We think there’s no one better to fill this spot,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, of which Barlow is a board member.
“She has been probably the most outspoken and well-known advocate in making water a human right and making sure that water is in public control, not corporate control,” Hauter told FOXNews.com.
But critics say Barlow, 61, an activist from Nova Scotia with no scientific training, has no place advising the United Nations on hydrological issues. “[She] frequently resorts to hyperventilated or exaggerated claims — she’s convinced the bottled water industry is out to take over the world,” said Tom Lauria, vice president of communications for the International Bottled Water Association.
“She makes such outrageous statements that you wonder why the U.N. would entrust her with even a titular position.”
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