London-based Giulio Boccaletti, who has worked as a scholar, consultant, and is presently chief strategy officer and global ambassador for water at The Nature Conservancy, virtually comes to Town Hall to discuss his provocative, compelling new book, Water: A Biography (Pantheon).
“Magisterial. Boccaletti has pinned down our complex relationship with our most vital resource. We live, like the ancients, in a hydraulic civilization – one determined to a remarkable degree by where and when we can find water. As he reveals with startling clarity, we face a water crisis as profound as our climate crisis. The fate of the Anthropocene hangs on the fate of water.” —Fred Pearce.
“Boccaletti brilliantly traces the history of how human civilization has been shaped by its attempts to control water for economic and societal benefit. As the impacts of climate change become clearer, policymakers the world over would be well-served to recognize water as a public good, respecting the importance of this invaluable, shared resource to our very survival.”—Sally Jewell.
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