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Fred Pearce serves his readers well. He provides us with an overview of the present water crisis, while also giving us historical glimpses of ancient water management practices that may help solve our present predicament.
I have been researching and writing about water for over 30 years. The ancient water practices that Pearce refers to in Africa, Israel, and other locations are places that I too have personally visited. And, I agree with Pearce's assessment completely.
It is only through our knowledge, and cultivation of an intimate relationship with water resources in our local communities, that we can truly empower ourselves to help remedy the global water crisis.
In this book, Pearce provides well documented cases of how communities in India, Africa, China, Israel, and other water-stressed locations, have reversed desertification and dropping water tables by developing an intimate relationship with water through enlightened water catchment and management.