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

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

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by Irena Salina
     
 

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Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource 
comprises a collection of essays authored by heroes and leaders in the field of water solutions and innovations—a broad range of people from varied disciplines who have contributed their hearts and minds to bringing awareness to and conserving Earth’s freshwater…  See more details below

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Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth's Most Precious Resource 
comprises a collection of essays authored by heroes and leaders in the field of water solutions and innovations—a broad range of people from varied disciplines who have contributed their hearts and minds to bringing awareness to and conserving Earth’s freshwater supply. In their own words, authors tell of such tragedies as water slavery, drought, or contamination, as well as their own professional struggles and successes in pursuit of freshwater solutions.

Contributors include: Alexandra Cousteau, social environmental advocate and granddaughter of legendary marine scientist Jacques Cousteau; Peter Gleick, environmental visionary and winner of a 2003 MacArthur "genius grant"; Bill McKibben, bestselling author and winner of a Guggenheim fellowship; Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and Time magazine’s first "hero for the planet"; and Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with more than a dozen other notable people.

These visionaries’ stories touch, surprise, and amaze as they help us see the essential role played by water in our world, our lives, and our future. These are all people who are thinking far beyond the realm of self; they are devoted to creating a better world for all of us.

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Editorial Reviews

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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From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426206030
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Irena Salina’s first feature-length documentary, Ghost Bird: The Life and Art of Judith Deim (2000) won numerous prestigious international prizes. FLOW: For the Love of Water (2008) won various awards for its exploration of the global water crisis that threatens world health and stability.

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