Back to the Well

Back to the Well

Rethinking the Future of Water

Book - 2015
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Water is a renewable resource, but what are its limits? Between drawing down our resources of fresh water at ever-increasing rates and continuing to pollute water that should have been cleaned up decades ago, are we entering upon a global crisis? Is water a human right? Who owns water? Who is responsible for keeping it clean and ensuring it gets to the people who need it most? Is privatization of ownership and supply networks an unmitigated evil? Marq de Villiers tackles these questions and more in Back to the Well, the refreshing follow-up to his Governor General's Award winning book, Water (1999). De Villiers's clear-eyed analysis assesses the state of water on Earth today and looks at the ways its use and abuse encompasses intersections between our daily personal water use, agriculture, energy policy, climate change, national security, and global conflicts. Back to the Well examines these issues and the ways they impact each other and how political ideologies and competing priorities often obscure underlying issues or make the best solutions unpalatable to vocal and influential, but ideologically blinkered, actors. De Villiers urges us to cut through the hype to see not a global crisis, but myriad local and regional problems that can be solved in different ways through local actions.
Publisher: Fredericton, NB : Goose Lane, ©2015
ISBN: 9780864920751
086492075X
Branch Call Number: 333.91 DEV 2015
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 24 cm

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Feb 11, 2017

A surprisingly optimistic and down to earth analysis of the causes of water shortages. Practical and free from alarmism.

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