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Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit

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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 Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit, Vandana Shiva, "the world's most prominent radical scientist" (the Guard ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by South End Press (first published 2002)
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Nov 04, 2007 Omly rated it liked it
I have to agree with Shiva in her argument that water management has not been well enough managed so that local communities are given their full right to a safe, undisturbed, water source. In her zeal to blame commercial and financial institutions though I fear that she blinds herself to any reasons by the "opposition".

One example suggested at was of how the World Bank had sponsored loans for well development in India at the expense of the local people so that they would then be more dependent u
Jan 20, 2013 Dan rated it it was ok
Dr. Vandana Shiva is an important voice in the struggle for sustainability and solutions to the most important crisis facing humanity in the early 21st century: that of the catastrophic damage we have wrought on our planet's ecology. She has contributed a great deal to this cause and I wish to make clear that I deeply respect her work and the woman herself.

That having been said, Water Wars is a startlingly luddite treatise, at times almost Pollyanna-ish in its perspective on democracy and the ca
Nov 07, 2015 Camille rated it liked it
Shiva's review of water conflicts provides an introductory framework for readers who have not previously considered water as a resource subject to dispute and violence. Michael Watts helped pilot conceptualizations of petroviolence in his work, Violent Environments. Similarly, Shiva tries to explain and set forward a framework for understanding water as a tool of control, as a resource subject to dispute, and as the underlying cause of numerous disputes for sovereignty and self-determination oft ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Brinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: water
I thought this book to be a good start for someone interested in water issues. It's a quick read & very informative as far as what water practices are currently like in India in comparison to how they have been, and how those issues run parallel to methods and practices throughout the world and on an international level. My only complaint is that she seems often to start to go off on an explanation of something and either ends her idea abruptly, moving on to her next point, or doesn't show h ...more
Dr. Shiva is quite an accomplished woman. In retrospect California's governor's needed to listen to her science 30 years ago. It is not too late for us to address our needs in the current 4-year drought, and this book helps us to realize that these same drought problems have been going on during man's entire history. Suggestion: Gov. Brown, see India for ideas about water.

1) Look at Water Management: When you look at California's water management, you realize that it has not been managed well.
Zach Penrice
Nov 21, 2014 Zach Penrice rated it it was amazing
What would your life be like without an important resource, a resource so crucially important to sustain life? What would your life be like if you had to walk for miles everyday to find clean, safe, usable water? If any of these questions have ever crossed your mind, or if you want to know just how important water is around the world, Water Wars is the book for you.

Water Wars by Vandana Shiva is a book about the struggle for water around the world. It includes situations where water is in short
Sep 18, 2007 Bart rated it liked it
Water Wars reinforced many ideas I had about the war between two-thirds world and capitalists exploiters. Vandana Shiva incorporates scientific evidence and analysis while writing accessible prose.
Apr 07, 2015 Marcy rated it really liked it
Another brilliant and provocative book by Vandana Shiva. I learned so much from this book--not only about water problems, but also about the ingenious, ancient indigenous systems of water conservation and usage that existed prior to European colonialism. In fact, I wish she detailed these systems and practices more fully because there is so much to learn from those models, especially to counteract the World Bank and IMF systems being imposed on people throughout the world that ultimately deprive ...more
Jun 10, 2010 Kyle rated it liked it
The issue of water scarcity is incredibly important and Shiva lays out the issue in quite some detail. The degree to which water usage has been glossed over by modern economic policies is astounding. Privatization wreaks havoc on countries but the degree to which it has affected individuals' access to water is astounding. Her book lacks depth but it easily makes up for that in facts. Some of her accounts appear rather one-sided, leaning to the left, which is fine because she is reaching deep at ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Mesha rated it really liked it
"Throughout history, water sources have been sacred, worthy of reverence and awe. The advent of water taps and water bottles has made us forget that before water flows through pipes and before it is sold to consumers in plastic, it is a gift from nature" ~ Vandana Shiva
Sep 03, 2012 Mauricio rated it it was amazing
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Vandana Shiva's writing style is very humanisitc and really digestible. She has an incredible way of seeing life and caring for nature. She is a very intelligent and educated woman, whose ideas really give hope for a future where justice and equality are kings. Anyone who has even the slightest interest in the current water crisis we are living, should read this book. She paints a crystal clear picture of the whole situation and actually offers some really promising and simplistic solutions for ...more
Julie Laporte
Feb 26, 2010 Julie Laporte rated it really liked it
This is for the reader that isn't entirely new to water issues. If you are in fact a newbie, you certainly could grasp it's not particularly advanced in that sense, but I doubt you would believe it could knock your socks off. Vandana Shiva is one of my all-time favorite global workers. She's an Indian physicist turned enviromentalist. Her Indian background gives her intimate knowledge of human rights issues and spirituality as well. By the way, you'll probably never ...more
Maria Rosaria
Feb 28, 2015 Maria Rosaria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
questo piccolo libro è stato scritto più di 10 anni fa,ma è ancora molto attuale ...purtroppo.
Non lo dovrebbero leggere solo gli "ambietalisti",ma tutti noi.
Tutti dobbiamo essere un pò più consapevoli nei confronti dell'acqua,che è il nostro bene più prezioso,e dell'ambiente in generale.
Secondo me molte persone non credono agli allarmismi riguardo l'ambiente,perchè pensano che siano esagerazioni,o peggio ancora,delle grandi bufale.
Qui di esagerata c'è solo la nostra ignoranza...c'è un rimedio pe
Oct 15, 2014 Melanie rated it it was ok
An interesting read, but probably would not have picked it up if not for my Global Ethics class.
Jessica Zu
Aug 04, 2011 Jessica Zu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism
Still reading, I find some of her calculations and analysis too simplified yet I cannot figure out a better way to do it. That being said, I think her observations and the data she collected are certainly going to be very useful. And her unique, holistic angle of looking at issues are very valuable to today's society. We westerners are just so dumb that we can only think linearly. Anything more complicated than that, we are lost!
Nov 28, 2010 Chanti rated it really liked it
Vandana Shiva is super legit, yo! So legit, and so is this book. If you're looking for a strong, smart, well-read, well-versed, well-researched, passionate, amaaaaazing activist, then Shiva DEFINES who you are looking for. Water Wars is fantastic, thorough, and chalk full of information on water privatization, pollution, and profit (as the title so aptly suggests).
Jun 12, 2011 Nic rated it liked it
This book was really interesting. I first read this in a Geography class in university and ever since I have been noticing more and more talk about the scarcity of water and the tensions, alliances, and back-room deals it can lead to. I was also able to see Vandana Shiva speak which seemed to make the message even more powerful.
Apr 04, 2008 Pete rated it really liked it
A little leftist and some failures of economic principles. However, these kinds of books are few and far between. Any books on this topic have value and merit simply by existing and kick starting thinking and discourse. This is the most important issue the human race as a whole will probably face until we cease to exist as a species.
Dec 02, 2008 Margaret rated it did not like it
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I read this for a book club I am in. It is an environmental book club and all the selections deal with waste.
I just had a hard time with it. I think I am concerned about the world for future generations and I do my best to recycle and reuse, but the selections for this group are beyond me.
Dec 04, 2008 Erica rated it it was amazing
drawing from folklore, histories of water policy, economics, and ecology, shiva presents an accessible and concise study of water conflicts around the world. the parallels she draws between nations and regions are especially helpful in working towards a global vision of environmental justice.
Oct 04, 2007 Ari rated it really liked it
Shiva memang pejuang sejati. Dia menjadi kiblat banyak aktifis , khususnya ekologis, di Asia. Nukilan yang ada dalam buku ini yang selalu kuingat :“ Air adalah kehidupan, tapi terlalu banyak atau terlalu sedikit air akan menjadi ancaman terhadap kehidupan”
Aug 01, 2012 Nosheen rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book by Dr. Shiva that really opened up my eyes about water scarcity and the role of the World Bank and The World Trade Organization and large corporations in destroying peoples' natural rights and access to water.
Oct 26, 2014 Johanna rated it liked it
Needed more substance about consequences.
Jul 04, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Reading Shiva's work is always lacking compared to hearing her speak, but her perspective and analysis is always interesting and teaches me a great deal.
Francisco Valdes
Oct 15, 2012 Francisco Valdes rated it liked it
I admire DR. Vandana Shiva a lot.
However I found this book a bit dated (I read it in 2012) and sloppily written in (few) places.
May 19, 2008 Fahd rated it really liked it
Buku ini membuka mata saya tentang politik air. Lagi meles nge-review. Tapi bacalah. keren kok.
Zuly Castillo
Dec 08, 2012 Zuly Castillo rated it it was amazing
Touching, clear enough to see interests behind this water paradigm we should reject
Michal Wigal
A bit disjointed at times and a little boring but has good intentions.
Jan 19, 2008 Charly rated it it was amazing
This book is as sobering as Crimes Against Nature. Lots of facts & figures.
Bonnie Jeanne
Jan 25, 2009 Bonnie Jeanne marked it as to-read
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A major figurehead of the alter-globalization movement as well as a major role player in global Ecofeminism, Dr. Vandana Shiva is recipient to several awards for her services in human rights, ecology and conservation. Receiving her Ph.D in physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1978, Dr. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns.
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