Author: Vandana ShivaPublisher: India Research PressYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 160ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187943289
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 this book, Vandana Shiva, "the world's most prominent radical scientists" (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 aquarfarming 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.
PrefaceIntroduction:Converting Abundance Into ScarcityWater Rights:The State, the Market, the CommunityClimate Change and the Water CrisisThe Colonization of Rivers:Dams and Water WarsThe World Bank, the WTO, andCorporate Control Over WaterFood and WaterConverting Scarcity into AbundanceThe Sacred WatersAppendix 1IndexAbout the Author