Green Libraries Week – Water Sustainability

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Its judicious management is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

In the last 15 years, consumption of bottled water has doubled. Along with an increase in consumption of other soft drinks, this means 13 billion plastic bottles are now used in the UK every year. Plastic bottles make up one third of all plastic pollution in the sea, and there are now over 159 plastic bottles for every mile of beach in the UK. Encouraging people to carry and refill a reusable bottle, and making it easy for them to do so – such as by providing drinking water fountains – is one of the most effective ways to reduce plastic pollution at source. According to research by Keep Britain Tidy and BRITA, 78% of people say they would like to see greater availability of free tap water in public spaces. Water fountains provide an accessible and convenient way for people to refill bottles and drink tap water on the go.

LSHTM library is in the process of replacing our water cooler bottles with water fountains sourced from the mains water supply.

In our collection we hold a number of titles on water and sustainability. A selection are as follows:

Garrick, Dustin E. ; Hall, Jim W. ; Dobson, Andrew ; Damania, Richard ; Grafton, R. Quentin ; Hope, Robert ; Hepburn, Cameron ; Bark, Rosalind ; Boltz, Frederick ; De Stefano, Lucia ; O’Donnell, Erin ; Matthews, Nathanial ; Money, Alex (2017), Valuing Water for Sustainable Development. Science, Vol.358 (6366), p.1003-1005.

Gjorgievski, Vladimir Z. ; Markovska, Natasa ; Pukšec, Tomislav ; Duić, Neven ; Foley, Aoife (2021), Supporting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development: Special issue dedicated to the conference on sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems 2019, Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, Vol.143, p.110920, Article 110920

Ongley E.D. United Nations. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (1997), Guidelines on water and sustainable development : principles and policy options

Singh, Katar; Balooni, Kulbhushan ; Venkatachalam, L (2016), Managing Water for Sustainable Development: an Economist’s Perspective, IIM Kozhikode society & management review, Vol.5 (1), p.1-4

Tsani, Stella ; Koundouri, Phoebe ; Akinsete, Ebun (2020) Resource management and sustainable development: A review of the European water policies in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Environmental science & policy, Vol.114, p.570-579.

UNESCO (2020) Climate Change, Water and Sustainable Development. The United Nations World Water Development Report. p.30-37

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