This is a fitting chapter for the end of the book because it allows the reader to think about current views of water and imagine a different way of solving problems. At first glance, this chapter is idealistic. The notion that we should all be nice to each other and to the environment seems naïve, at best. This chapter does, however, ask the questions that societies need to answer in order to implement some of the changes covered in other parts of this book. One major question in this chapter is whether animals and the ecosystems they live in are as important as human beings when it comes to the need for and the access to water. A good summary of the chapter is the quote taken from page 186:
An ethical society can no longer ignore the fact that water-management decisions have life-or-death consequences for other species. An ethically grounded water policy must begin with the premise that all people and all living things be given access to enough water to secure their survival before some get more than enough.
This chapter could be used in conjunction with many of the other chapters because it deals with big-picture ideas that might naturally come up when discussing specific ones.
Possible Use in the Classroom: