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Before reading this book, I, like most people, assumed that climate change was due (exclusively) to an excess of carbon in the atmosphere. Schwartz explains how and why the water cycle -- and specifically, trying to slow it down -- is crucial to take into account in combatting climate change. She illustrates the often surprising ways that water plays its complex role in ecosystems, and how important it is to use and treat water resources both with imagination and care. Stories from her wide travels show the innovative ways people from all over the globe are using water well and healing the land around them, which in turn helps wildlife return, especially birds. I learned from and was inspired by this book, which does offer a generous serving of hope. Highly recommend.
Really enjoyed this book. I learned about soil and grazing practices and innovative quirky characters trying to make lands healthy! Thanks for a really informative enjoyable read. Definitely recommend this book to land managers to think about how they might try some new approaches to avoid getting hit by drought.