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A timely and eye-opening analysis of the realities of fresh water at the intersection of hydrology, ecology, ethics, theology, and Catholic social thought.
Do we truly understand the significance of fresh water in an era of economic globalization? Did you know it takes 2,000 gallons of water to "grow" a single pound of beef? That your morning cup of coffee "costs" 35.5 gallons of water from tree to cup? Aimed at the educated non-specialist as well as scholars, Just Water explores important practical aspects of the global fresh water crisis while also providing ethical analysis and principled recommendations about fresh water use and scarcity in the twenty-first century.
Ultimately, Just Water invites us to expand global discourse about the value of fresh water for human life and community--a substance that serves as a baseline for human existence--as well as offering tools for understanding and appreciating contemporary ethical problems posed by looming fresh water scarcity.
"With Just Water Christiana Peppard has managed to cover a huge amount of material in an extraordinarily thoughtful and nuanced way. The book is a gift to the water community."--Aaron T. Wolf, Ph.D., Director, Program in Transboundary Water Conflict Management and Transformation; Professor of Geography, Oregon State University
Christiana Z. Peppard is Assistant Professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics at Fordham University in New York. Her expertise and publications focus on the interface of epistemology, historiography, naturalism, feminist theory, theology, and ethics. She received the 2013 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is co-editor (with Andrea Vicini, S.J.) of Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction.
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