A Feature Review of
Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis
Paperback: Orbis Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Myes Werntz
As I read Christiana Peppard’s timely and thoughtful Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis, Texas is currently turning toward its long, brutal summer. Last year, despite ample rainfall, a number of growing regions throughout the state made the news because of what, to many, had seemed to be an impossible question—that drinking water from the aquifers beneath the cities was running short. As Peppard points out, fresh water—an unsubstitutable feature of every ecosystem —remains less than 2.5% of all available water in the world, and yet, it is treated as an endless commodity. But just the same, fresh water—one of the invisible, most taken-for-granted aspects of creation—is taken for granted, harvested at unsustainable rates worldwide. It is how to think and act about this global necessity that Peppard proposes to unpack in her volume.