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Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit; Vandana Shiva; 2002

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit; Vandana Shiva; 2002

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit; Vandana Shiva;  2002; India Research Press

While draught 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 -Vandana Shiva, the world's most prominent radical scientist ( the Guardian) , shines a light on activists who are fighting corporate maneuvers 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. In her passionate, feminist style, Shiva celebrates the spiritual and traditional role water has played in communities throughout history, and warns that water privatization threatens cultures and livelihoods worldwide. Shiva calls for a movement to preserve water access for all, and offers a blueprint for global resistance based on examples of successful campaigns.

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Review by Constantine Markides  for Rodale Institution


“Vandana Shiva writes that “[t]he water crisis is the most pervasive, most severe, and most invisible dimension of the ecological devastation of the earth” (1). In this brief book, Shiva lucidly details the severity of the global water shortage. A physicist turned activist, Shiva combines a scientist’s analytical rigor with an activist’s commitment to economic and social change. Thorough in her research, Shiva gives straightforward reasons for the global spread of water scarcity and water famine: clear-cutting reduces the earth’s capacity to retain water in the tree canopies and leafy forest floors; tube wells and energized pumps for sugar cane irrigation withdraw more water than can be replenished and exhaust the shallower basins that hand-drawn peasant wells depend on; mining operations gouge out wounds in the natural protective casings of underground reservoirs; high-profit, water-intensive crops replace the drought-resistant ones that had been selected and bred over centuries to suit local habitats.”

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