August 22, 2008

Book Review - Blue Covenant

How did the world's most essential natural resource become so threatened? This is the question that Barlow attempts to answer in this book. She describes the shortage of clean water now occuring in isolated locations around the world, indicating that if current trends continue, this water shortage will magnify into large-scale resource wars. She discusses the current state of the world's freshwater resources, the growing control of and profits generated from this resource by private companies, and actions that people around the world are taking in order to obtain and secure their access to sufficient water supplies. She frames this water shortage in the context of other environmental issues, particularly global warming, asserting that these two issues pose the greatest threat to human survival. Following in the tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, she proposes changes in water use, commerce, and governance in order to prevent further water shortages.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Comiing Battle for the Right to Water
Maude Barlow
HD 1691 .B366 2008