Pierre Rabhi and Juliette Duquesne's "The Water That We Are" Alert Diary


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The water we are, Pierre Rabhi's "Carnets d'alerte" Collection and Juliette Duquesne

Logbook Alerts, the water we are. P.Rabhi and J.DuquesneThe Carnets d'alert collection is meant to be synthetic books, accessible to all to raise awareness of issues of primary importance. This early November 2018 will release a new Alert Book dedicated to water. I present it here because on the one hand the subject of water is of ecological importance for humanity (and the climate) and on the other hand I modestly participated in the development of this book being interviewed by Juliette.

Water, a vital element at risk

What could be more banal than to state that water is at the very heart of life - we are composed of 65% of water on average! Yet this undeniable truth is too often forgotten. The sixty or so researchers, associations, farmers and civil society actors interviewed for this notebook keep reminding us of it. Today, although we speak of biodiversity and ecological transition, those who have abundant water tend to trivialize it ... and thereby neglect it. And, by irrational and irresponsible use, we are already causing heavy damage to future generations.

Plastic has invaded the ocean, pesticides are found even in the fat of the whales. The ocean, lung of our land, is in danger, since it recovers all the terrestrial pollution. In France, most of our rivers, and even groundwater, are polluted. This new alert book proposes to investigate this broad issue, from theagriculture, the first source of pollution and the largest consumer of water in the world, the management by private companies of this common good. Not to mention that 30% of the world's population does not have access to safe water ...

How to manage water tomorrow in a more ecological, fair and local way? Water requires more than any other element a collective management. Pierre Rabhi warns us: our relationship with water must change; it is imperative that we become aware of its irreplaceable value. The water, now polluted, wasted, source of all kinds of profits, could very well become, tomorrow, one of the solutions to the major problems of our society.

Pioneer of agroecology, expert in the fight against desertification, Pierre Rabhi is the author of The Offering at dusk (Éditions de Candide, 1988, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture), Towards the sobriety happy (Actes Sud , 2010), Convergence of Consciousness (The Passenger, 2016). Specialized in economic and environmental issues, Juliette Duquesne worked for ten years writing the journal TF1.

The November 9, Juliette will present this fourth Alert during a meeting dedication to the bookstore The Foam Pages, 174 boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris from 19h to 21 hours. This last alert book will be released November 7.

The same authors have already published, in the same collection:

  • To end hunger in the world
  • Seeds, an endangered vital heritage
  • The excesses of finance or the art of legalized predation (Presses du Châtelet, 2017)

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