Water Wars

Water Wars : Pollution, Profits and Privatization

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"The world's most prominent radical scientist."The GuardianVandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmentalist and campaigner, examines the `water wars' of the twenty-first century: the aggressive privatization by the multinationals of communal water rights.While drought and desertification are intensifying around the world, corporations are aggressively converting free-flowing water into bottled profits. The water wars of the twenty-first century may match -- or even surpass -- the oil wars of the twentieth. In Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit, acclaimed author Vandana Shiva sheds light on the activists who are fighting corporate manoeuvres to convert this life-sustaining resource into more gold for the elites. In Water Wars, Shiva uses her remarkable knowledge of science and society to outline the emergence of corporate culture and the historical erosion of communal water rights. Using the international water trade and industrial activities such as damming, mining, and aquafarming as her lens, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of rights to a precious common good.Shiva calls for a movement to preserve water access for all, and offers a blueprint for global resistance based on examples of successful campaigns.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 130 x 212 x 6mm | 222.26g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745318371
  • 9780745318370

About Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva was one of India's leading physicists and is now a leading environmental campaigner, the winner of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize and the author of several books, including Soil not Oil (2008), Earth Democracy (2005) and Stolen Harvest (2001).show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: Theoretical Underpinnings of the Global Water Crisis 1. Water Rights: The State, the Market, the Community 2. Water Cycles vs. Markets Cycles: When Ecology Clashes with Commerce 3. The World on the Edge Part II: Privatization: The Culture of Scarcity and Water Conflicts 4. Intensive Irrigation, Large Dams and Water Conflicts 5. Mining and Water Conflicts 6. Aquaculture and Water Shortage Part III: Sustainable Use 7. Converting Scarcity into Abundance 8. Culture and the Value of Nature: The Sea as Paradigm Part IV: Resistance 9. Our Vanishing Watersshow more

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