Troubled Water: Saints, Sinners, Truth and Lies about the Global Water Crisis

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Anita Roddick Books, 2004 - Political Science - 138 pages
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Around the world, one billion people lack access to clean water. Droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases kill tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of people (mostly children) every year. And huge multinational corporations see a profit opportunity unparalleled even by oil or gold. From Bolivia to Britain, water supplies are being privatized and sold for profit, cutting millions off from the single most crucial human need. Meanwhile, consumers in industrialized countries such as Italy, Britain, Australia, and the United States eagerly drink millions of liters of bottled water every day--some of which is less pure than the stuff flowing from their taps at home--at a cost of about one thousand times what tap water costs. In America, beef-flavored bottled water for dogs is sold; in Nigeria, you can buy a bottle of water guaranteed to make men more virile. Why are the politics of water so skewed, and what's being done about it? This book explores the problems and the solutions, and provides resources for ordinary readers to get involved.

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Dame Anita Roddick is the founder of The Body Shop and a lifelong activist. She is a key pioneer of socially responsible business and an outspoken opponent of economic globalization. For more information about Anita Roddick please visit Brooke Shelby Biggs is a journalist, an activist, and the author of Brave Hearts, Rebel Spirits. For more information please visit

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