Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis (Maryknoll, ny : Orbis, 2014), pp. x+ 230, £17.16, isbn 978-162698-056-3 (pbk.). With the recent publication of Just Water , Christiana Z. Peppard, assistant professor of Theology, Science, and Ethics at Fordham University, joins the burgeoning stream of literature addressing clean water scarcity and offers a refreshing approach to the current global water crisis. Her stated aim is twofold: ‘ Just Water seeks to inform readers of important aspects of the global fresh water crisis while also providing trenchant ethical analysis and principled recommendations about fresh water use and scarcity in the twenty-first century’ (p. ix). In order to accomplish these goals Peppard draws from her own experiences from across the globe and her research specialization in ethics, while integrating scholarship from theology, hydrology, ecology, economics, social theory, and history. Peppard effectively resists the temptation to make exhaustive claims and opens possibilities for cooperation and realistic incremental changes based on general ethical principles. The book can be divided methodologically into two parts. The first four chapters provide the theological and ethical framework for Peppard’s argument, holding closely to relevant contributions from Catholic Social Teaching. Chapter one accentuates post-Vatican ii
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