Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit
by Vandana Shiva
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Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: South End Press
Topics: Agriculture, Climate Change, Corporate Rule, Democracy: Theory & Practice, Labor & Work / Classism, Militarism, Nature, Sustainable Community, Third World Peoples
Description: In 'Water Wars', Vandana Shiva uses her remarkable knowledge of science and society to analyze the historical erosion of communal water rights. Examining the international water trade, damming, mining, and aquafarming, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of their rights to a precious common good.
Shiva reveals how many of the most important conflicts of our time, most often camouflaged as ethnic wars or religious wars, such as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are in fact conflicts over scarce but vital natural resources.
Shiva celebrates the spiritual and traditional role water has played in communities throughout history, and warns that water corporatization threatens cultures and livelihoods worldwide. She calls for a movement to preserve water access for all, and offers a blueprint for global resistance based on examples of successful campaigns like the one in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where citizens fought for and retained their water rights.
Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she is the author of many books, including 'Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply' (2000), 'Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge' (1997), 'Monocultures of the Mind' (1993), 'The Violence of the Green Revolution' (1992), and 'Staying Alive' (1989). In 1993, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). Shiva is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.
Review(s): "The world is on the brink of a major freshwater crisis. In 'Water Wars', Vandana Shiva, one of the most powerful activist forces in the world today, outlines the global nature of the crisis as well as the corporate plan to cartelize the world's water supply for profit. Thankfully for us, Shiva also offers a blueprint for resistance and an alternative vision for a water-secure and water-equitable future." - Maude Barlow, Blue Planet Project, and co-author of 'Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water'
"One of the world's most prominent and radical scientists." - The Guardian