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The world's emerging water crisis has ignited efforts to reconnect policy to human values. According to this book, all approaches to managing water, no matter how grounded in empirical data, involve moral judgments and cultural assumptions. Each of the book's six sections discusses a different approach to thinking about the relationship between water and humanity, from utilitarianism to eco-feminism to religious beliefs.
Peter G. Brown is a Professor in the Departments of Geography, Natural Resource Sciences, and School of the Environment at McGill University. He is co-author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. Jeremy J. Schmidt is a PhD Candidate and Trudeau Scholar in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario.
Peter Brown and Jeremy Schmidt have provided a timely, major contribution to the evolving study of water ethics. Readers will find seminal articles on a wide range of topics, from water resource management to property, rights, and policy priorities. Provocative and challenging, Water Ethics" is a necessary read for guidance on water ethics and indeed the general human/nature debates currently shaping key policies."--Gary Chamberlain "Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics, Seattle University "