The Price of ThirstThe Price of Thirst
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The Price of Thirst

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Karen Piper

Besides exacerbating social and environmental problems, privatizing water management ensures that money is taken from locals and redistributed to for-profit businesses and banks. You need to rethink what you eat. Most likely, what you eat is a factor in the global water shortage. You can help remedy this by changing your lifestyle a little bit. Fruit and nuts, for instance, are water-efficient crops, so consider reducing your meat consumption.

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In her 2014 book The Price of Thirst, Karen Piper exposes how private water businesses, in their pursuit of profit, have failed to provide everyone with access to clean water and have contributed to environmental degradation and political unrest.

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Besides exacerbating social and environmental problems, privatizing water management ensures that money is taken from locals and redistributed to for-profit businesses and banks. You need to rethink what you eat. Most likely, what you eat is a factor in the global water shortage. You can help remedy this by changing your lifestyle a little bit. Fruit and nuts, for instance, are water-efficient crops, so consider reducing your meat consumption.

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Our own creations are causing us to run out of water, such as urbanization, agriculture, and climate change.

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Businesses have profited from our water crisis. Profit maximization is always the primary goal.

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The World Bank and IMF support water privatization at the expense of public access to clean water.

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A private company is always the winner in water privatization schemes.

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The reasons for water scarcity can be tackled by the spread of urbanization and halting climate change.

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