Saturday, February 27, 2010

Social Justice Challenge - Water

The topic for February in the Social Justice Challenge is Water.

Access to fresh drinking water is a huge issue in third world countries, but even rich, developed countries suffer from inadequate water supplies due to climate change.

The book that I decided to read for this month is Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow.

I borrowed this from my local public library. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get through it. It's too heavy going for me.

I did read through the first chapter, "Where has all the water gone?", in which I learnt a lot.

We all learn about the water cycle in school, and I guess we get the impression that because nature recycles water so effectively, it is impossible for us to run out of water. However, we're not factoring in the human potential for waste, pollution, and greed.

I don't think I can adequately explain the issues to you here; I just don't understand them well enough. If you are interested in water sustainability, and can settle in for an intellectually demanding read, I highly recommend this book.



Hopefully I'll do better with March's theme: Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.  

7 comments:

Nina said...

Sorry the book was hard, I wish you good luck with March theme! :)

Fiona said...

Thanks, Nina. A friend of mine has lent me A Thousand Splendid Suns, which she says is fantastic.

Wendy said...

Sadly, I think a lot of books on this topic are dry (no pun intended) and so people tend not to read them. Thanks for posting your thoughts.

Fiona said...

Hi Wendy. I checked out your profile and boy, do you contribute to a lot of blogs! What a powerhouse!

wordlily said...

Alas, I couldn't find many/any juicy (read: interesting) reads on this issue! Thanks for giving this a go.

Fiona said...

Hi wordlily, I'm following your blog now after visiting you via your comment :)

Marjorie said...

I feel quite glad I'm focusing on books for young people for this Challenge - it sounds as though this month was quite tough for finding readable, not overly academic books...