Blue Revolution

Paperback $16.00

Beacon Press | Sep 04, 2012 | 296 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807003282

  • Paperback$16.00

    Beacon Press | Sep 04, 2012 | 296 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807003282

  • Ebook$26.95

    Beacon Press | Sep 20, 2011 | ISBN 9780807003183

Praise

“Barnett takes us back to the origins of our water [with] the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan.”—Los Angeles Times

“Journalist Barnett explores a simple solution to the growing water crisis in the US, where we use more water than any other culture in the world. That solution: a water ethic. She notes that the green movement has helped raise awareness of the importance of energy and sustainability, and that a blue movement would do much the same: help Americans rediscover their relationship with water, and learn to conserve/recycle and manage it more effectively. And, she adds, it is entirely possible to reverse the damage done by the indiscriminate use of water through those measures and new technologies that can cut agricultural irrigation in half.”—Book News Inc.

“It’s a call to action. Barnett takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness.”—Los Angeles Times

“Barnett does not come off as a Cassandra, shrieking about looming cataclysm and dumping figures over her readers’ heads. In Blue Revolution she is part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist, and as a result her text comes off as anything but a polemic.”—The Boston Globe

“Our future depends on the Blue Revolution that Cynthia Barnett advocates, for, as the ancients knew long before modern science did, ‘Water is life.’”—New York Journal of Books

“Thorough and packed with data.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Barnett’s clarion call to her fellow citizens imagines an America where it’s ethically wrong to waste water. Using compelling stories from around the globe, she shows that America’s future depends upon our coming to value water – not only in the price we pay, but with profound appreciation for each drop.”—Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It

“The roots of a new water ethic are found in the practices of millions of individuals, businesses, and other organizations around the world. Barnett shows how good water use practices can go viral, with massive benefits for society and nature. Blue Revolution offers affordable, practical, down-to-earth solutions for America’s water crisis.”—Stephen R. Carpenter, Director of the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Winner of the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize
 
“The book provides an eye-opening overview of the complexity of our water-use problems and offers optimistic but practical solutions.”—Publishers Weekly  
 
“As Aldo Leopold is to the land ethic, Cynthia Barnett is to the water ethic. Her important and hopeful new book is rich with stories about innovative water projects around the world, demonstrating that we can choose thrift over waste, water gardens over cement ditches, local projects over mega-industries, smart over incredibly, stubbornly, self-destructively stupid. She calls us to a respectful water use that restores our spirits, even as it creates thriving biocultural communities. If you use water, you should read Blue Revolution.”—Kathleen Dean Moore, coeditor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
 
“Aldo Leopold helped found twentieth-century American environmental thinking with his call for a land ethic. Barnett has done a great service by calling for a twenty-first-century water ethic. She tackles America’s illusion of water abundance in the way past thinkers attacked our old ideas about an endless western frontier. Of the new crop of books on water, this one may be the most important.”—Fred Pearce, author of When the Rivers Run Dry

Table Of Contents

Contents
 
Chapter 1 The Illusion of Water Abundance
Chapter 2 Reclamation to Restoration
Chapter 3 The Netherlands: Deluge, Dams, and the Dutch Miracle
Chapter 4 Powerful Thirst
Chapter 5 Taproot of the Crisis
Chapter 6 The Water-Industrial Complex
Chapter 7 Singapore: Of Songbirds and Sewage
Chapter 8 The Big Dipper
Chapter 9 The Business of Blue
Chapter 10 Australia: Dry Down Under
Chapter 11 An American Water Ethic
Chapter 12 Local Water
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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