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Water Wars

Privatization, Pollution, and Profit

Vandana Shiva

Pages: 176
ISBN: 0-89608-650-X
Format: paper
Release Date: 2002-01-01
This book is also available in cloth

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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.

In Water Wars, 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 privatization 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction Converting Abundance Into Scarcity
1 Water Rights: The State, The Market, The Community
2 Climate Change and the Water Crisis
The Colonization of Rivers: Dams and Water Wars
4 The World Bank, WTO, and Corporate Control Over Water
5 Food and Water
6 Converting Scarcity Into Abundance
7 The Sacred Waters

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