Social Justice Challenge

Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die. – U2

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Book Recommendations


  • Adult
    • When the Rivers Run Dry: Water—The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century by Fred Pearce
    • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (memoir)
    • Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva
    • Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It by Robert Glennon
    • Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource by Marg de Villiers
    • Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow
    • The Worlds Water 2008-2009: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources by Peter H. Gleick
    • Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity by Sandra Postel
    • Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? by Sandra Postel
    • Water: A Shared Responsibility by World Water Assessment Programme
    • Globalization of Water: Sharing the Planet’s Freshwater Resources by Arjen Y. Hoekstra
    • Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow
    • Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
    • Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown
    • Water for Sale: How Business and the Market Can Resolve the World’s Water Crisis by Fredrik Segerfeldt
  • Young Adult
    • Water for Everyone by Sally Morgan
  • Middle Grade
    • Water Supplies in Crisis by Russ Parker

  • Picture Books
    • Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros
    • One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Rosemary Woods
    • A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney, illustrated by Michael S. Maydak
    • The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet by Meredith Hooper, illustrated by Chris Coady
    • The Water Hole by Graeme Base


  • Adult
    • Dune by Frank Herbert
    • Sahara: A Dirk Pitt Adventure by Clive Cussler
    • Freezing Point by Karen Dionne
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Books

Media Recommendations

Sahara (2005) — film based on Clive Cussler novel

Tapped (2009) — documentary about the bottled water industry

Flow: For the Love of Water (2008) — documentary

Websites & Blog Recommendations

Water: H2O=Life This exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History has been developed into an excellent resource, available online.

Living Water International

Food for the Hungry

Blood:Water Mission


Hydrate Hope (part of I Am Change)

World Water Day — March 22, 2010

H2O for Life

Blog Posts Categorized Under Water

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