Water under Threat - Global Issues (Paperback)Larbi Bouguerra (author)
Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 15/08/2006
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Water has been described as 'the oil of the 21st century' with rapid population growth, climate change and pollution conspiring to make it the resource over which wars may be fought in years to come. But does water have a price? Is it a right or a need? Increasingly, water is viewed as a commodity whose function is to generate profits. In this book, Larbi Bouguerra argues that instead we should view it as a common good of humanity. Water has an exceptional cross-cultural symbolic value and its use raises enormous questions about our lifestyle, our ethics and our relationship to nature. Bouguerra makes a powerful case for a society that is more economical with water and manages it openly and democratically, as a global resource.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 126 mm
'Making one car consumes 400,000 litres of water; in Brazil, 22 glasses of water are needed to produce one glass of orange juice. Alongside such profligacy, 6,000 children die each day for lack of clean water. The book speaks powerfully of the need to address such inequalities and to relearn what our ancestors knew: that "the water cycle ties us all to one another as well as to Mother Nature".' P D Smith, Saturday Guardian '[A] very informative little primer on water issues...an excellent, useful and very readable book which helps to clarify a subject not much talked about in political circles.' John Green, Morning Star
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