Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

By Sandra Postel, Island Press

We have disrupted the natural water cycle for centuries in an effort to control water for our own prosperity. Yet every year, recovery from droughts and floods costs billions of dollars, and we spend billions more on dams, diversions, levees, and other feats of engineering. These massive projects not only are risky financially and environmentally, they often threaten social and political stability. What if the answer was not further control of the water cycle, but repair and replenishment? Sandra Postel takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with, rather than against, nature's rhythms. In New Mexico, forest rehabilitation is safeguarding drinking water; along the Mississippi River, farmers are planting cover crops to reduce polluted runoff; and in China, "sponge cities" are capturing rainwater to curb urban flooding. Efforts like these will be essential as climate change disrupts both weather patterns and the models on which we...

Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

By Shareable Staff, Shareable

About Shareable's New Book: 'Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons'  Cities are the world's social, economic, and political focal point. They are also beset with the most urgent challenges that societies face today including inequality, racism, social isolation, and climate change. Not to mention that billions of city dwellers are often unable to meet their basic needs for food, housing, and clean water. Amidst this crisis lies tremendous opportunity for people to address these problems collectively. To meet challenges, communities, organizations, and local governments are increasingly turning to a basic human practice: sharing. By sharing their labor, knowledge, space, and goods, people are finding that they can overcome scarcity by building and maintaining vital common resources. They are showing how sharing leads everyone to have more, together. "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons" showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It witnesses a growing global movement and...

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