Having manipulated water for irrigation, energy, and burgeoning urban centers, humans are facing the reality that although fresh water is renewable, it is as finite as any other resource. Countries, states, and cities are now scrambling to develop an intelligent, well-informed approach to mitigate the growing global water crisis. Water Ethics is based on the belief that responding to
contemporary water problems requires attending to questions of value and culture. How should we capture, store and distribute water? At what cost? For whom? Water Ethics will help readers understand how various moral perspectives, even when unstated, have guided and will continue to guide water policy around the globe.
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.