Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource

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Written in Water is an unforgettable collection of the true stories of people-men and women, politicians and scientists, laymen and experts-sharing in their own words what they have seen and what they have learned in their efforts to bring clean water to all.

With firsthand accounts from people like Alexandra Cousteau, environmental advocate and granddaughter of legendary marine scientists Jacques Cousteau; Peter Gleick, environmental visionary and winner of a 2003 MacArthur ...

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Overview

Written in Water is an unforgettable collection of the true stories of people-men and women, politicians and scientists, laymen and experts-sharing in their own words what they have seen and what they have learned in their efforts to bring clean water to all.

With firsthand accounts from people like Alexandra Cousteau, environmental advocate and granddaughter of legendary marine scientists Jacques Cousteau; Peter Gleick, environmental visionary and winner of a 2003 MacArthur "genius grant"; Bill MacKibben, best-selling author and Guggenheim Fellow; Sandra Postel, international authority on fresh water; and more, Written in Water will take you to the rapidly changing peaks of the Himalaya; to a small Mexican village where illegal fishing provides a deadly means of survival; to Bostwana, where a group of Bushmen find ways to cope when the government cuts off their water supply; to Bangladesh, where an angry school-teacher motivates a brilliant scientist to invent a water purifier; to the banks of the Nashua River, where an intrepid woman stands up to corporate polluters. These are only some of the stories that will engage, challenge, and inspire you.

As Alexandra Cousteau reminds us, "Water is something we all have in common. It bridges our different walks of life. And its fragility is our fragility."

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“Of all the environmental concerns we face, threats to freshwater rank highest on the list.”
--Booklist
 
“The book’s central message, that “water conservation is not about scarcity” but rather its careful use and fair distribution, comes through in a number of sober but optimistic calls to action.”
–Publishers Weekly
 
“One new arrival stands out: Written in Water, a collection of water-themed essays published by the National Geographic Society.” –Arizona Republic
Publishers Weekly
This varied collection of 25 essays by leading conservationists, edited by documentarian Salina, range from a warning by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Clifford about the ten-year drought threatening 30 million residents of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Denver, to stories of successful activists like Marion Stoddart, who stopped the industrial pollution of Massachusetts's Nashua River. A photographic study of Mount Everest shows graphic evidence of receding glaciers; several pieces describe traditional methods of "rainwater-harvesting and storage" being implemented in locations like Nepal; Rose George discusses the reasons behind the staggering statistic that 2.6 billion people worldwide live without sanitation, "surrounded by human excrement," which causes 25 percent of global child deaths. The book's central message, that "water conservation is not about scarcity" but rather its careful use and fair distribution, comes through in a number of sober but optimistic calls to action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426205729
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 908,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Gleick 7

The End of the Colorado: Fishing with the Cucap? Frank Clifford 13

A River Story: Cleaning Up the Nashua Marion Stoddart 26

Liquid Assets on Steep Slopes: Solving Water Shortages Through Ancient Knowledge Anupam Mishra|36

Honest Hope: Searching for a New Water Ethic Sandra Postel 46

Respect for Water: Reflecting on a Lifetime of Environmental Reporting Fred Pearce 60

Another Africa is Possible: Witnessing the Consequences of Kenya's Flower Farms Maude Barlow 76

The Unmentionables: Talking About Sanitation Rose George 82

Brides of the Well: A Short Story Shekhar Kapur 92

A World that Works: Breaking Places Bill McKibben 101

Photography Journey: Taking the Long View at Mount Everest Alton C. Byers 107

What's in a Name: Monitoring the "Miner's Canary" in the Congo Melanie Stiassny 120

The Fear of Doing Without: Bringing Fresh Water and New Ideas to the Dominican Republic Ellsworth Havens 130

Water Man: Reviving Arid Villages Rajendra Singh 137

A Ride for Nature: Traveling the West by Horseback William "Waterwar" Marks 143

Water Changes Everything: Building a Charity Scott Harrison 162

Save What's Left: Teaching Kids to Love Rain Forests Lynne Cherry 177

To Save a Gull: Taxing Yourself Alex Matthiessen 186

Dynamic for Change: Recognizing the Importance of the Watershed Christine Todd Whitman 205

The P?ramos of Ayabaca: Defending Water and Place Jorge Recharte 210

Tending the Land: Reclaiming Our Food Frederick Kirschenmann 219

A Walk Along the River: Caring for Watersheds Dave Rosgen 236

On the Heads of Women: Safeguarding Water Kathy Robb 250

Two Noble Truths: The Ultraviolet Solution to Clean Water Ashok Gadgil 258

Nature Abhors a Monopoly: How We, Like Kalahari Bushmen, Can Trade Our Human Right to Water James Workman 268

Water is Life: Stories from a Blue Planet Alexandra Cousteau 283

How This Book Came to Be 292

Authors' Websites 294

Get Involved 296

Further Reading 302

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