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Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water Paperback – June 1, 2009
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Ms. Barlow divides her book into five chapters. She starts by explaining the crisis. Basically, with so many humans on the planet, we are managing to deplete or pollute our finite resource of clean water. We are withdrawing water from aquifers at a rate faster than the aquifers can recharge. Through global warming, we are melting the glaciers that provide us with river water. Through carelessness in industry and agriculture, we are polluting the very same water that we drink.
In the second chapter, the author describes how a powerful water industry is forming to control these dwindling resources. She gives multiple examples of how the industry is not developing for the betterment of humanity or for fair distribution of water, but to reap profit from the increasingly scarce resource.
In the third chapter, she describes the problems with technological fixes such as desalination, water nanotechnology, and cloud seeding. She also emphasizes the ethical and practical problems with bottled water.
In the fourth chapter, she discusses some brave activists who are fighting back against the corporate control our water. She does a good job in covering the activities in multiple continents - the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa - and giving concrete examples of activists who have pushed back and won against corporate water interests.
Ms. Barlow finishes with a chapter called "The Future of Water." Here she reviews potential sources of conflict over water.Read more ›
Referring to water, Ms. Barlow says: "...those areas of life thought to be common heritage of humanity for the benefit of the many, now coming under corporate control for the benefit of the few (rich)" is a phrase that resonates in my head as I drink water from my purchased bottle of water and wake up to conscience of this once simple act and its implications...
Worth reading document, rich (to say the least) in data, research material, etc.
¡Bravo Ms. Barlow!
First off, am really starting to pay attention to Right Livelihood, the Alternative Nobel that seems to avoid really big mistakes that have characterized the Nobel Peace Prize in recent decades (Kissinger to Obama). I first learned of this award when Herman Daly, conceptualizer of Ecological Economics, spoke at one of my conferences, and now I am going to look into this and post a listing of recipients at Phi Beta Iota, where all my reviews can be easily exploited across 98 distinct categories, something not possible here at Amazon.
Up front I will still say that Marq de Villier's Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource is the best book around, along with the The Water Atlas: A Unique Visual Analysis of the World's Most Critical Resource.
This book joins with Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit and its own prequel Blue Gold (now also coming out as a DVD along with another DVD, For Love of Water) to make the case for water as a human right. The book ends with a Blue Covenent in three parts.
Two points in this book hit me hard:
1) We have to deal with sewage first, globally, deeply, and reliably BEFORE we can address the clean fresh water challenge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This author has written several books on the subject, and this one didn't really meet my expectations of her describing the real global fresh water shortage. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Wehrell
Maude Barlow's books are always great. She is my water hero! Water has become the focus in my life and this book helps explain why.Published on December 1, 2013 by Nancy Wells
The book is filled with information about the growing lack of usable water for
people all over the planet, but it is not a balanced report. Read more
Read this book for a limnology course, but can't believe it's not a common name like Gore's Inconvenient Truth. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Valley
This book was a required reading for a class. It really sucks how there are some who would curb the water supply of those less powerful. This book is, at least, an eye opener.Published on January 11, 2012 by Joe M.
I would change the picture for the book, just because the hardcover was a bit deceiving from what I thought I purchased. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by Savannah Amor
If everyone were to read this book, we might be able collectively to change our wanton destruction and waste - and save the planet and all her inhabitants. Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by CarolvK