Just Water

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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.

Book Details

Just Water
Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis
Ecology and Justice Series
Christiana Z. Peppard
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"This provocative new book is for every person who turns on their tap, and takes a drink of water, without saying a prayer of thanks--in other words, you."
"By probing deeply into a crucial environmental problem, Christiana Peppard succeeds in opening up other interlaced and contested environmental debates in global agriculture, climate change, and energy use as well as complex ethical questions about human rights, economics and gender issues. Woven into the account, we find critical theological threads emerging from liberation theology and Roman Catholic social teaching as well as humility about humanity's place in the world, while affirming insights emerging from the natural sciences. This approach serves to make complex environmental issues more accessible to the reader, more manageable, and therefore provides a concrete basis for specification. I heartily recommend this book for students and researchers alike."
"Given our culture of reductionism, which inevitably leads us to examine complex issues in separate disciplines, we are seldom exposed to competent scholarship which engages us in the complex interrelationships of important issues like the availability of fresh water for all in the global family. Christiana Peppard has given us a great gift in this regard by providing us with a practical and scholarly treatise demonstrating how a construction of values, theological insights, familiarity with ecological degradation, and the science of water are all interconnected and essential to solving the problem of sustainable fresh water availability. This is a must-read book for anyone concerned about the availability of fresh water on our common future."
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