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Water in Times of Climate Change

A Values-driven Dialogue

Jan Jorrit Hasselaar Elisabeth IJmker

150 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book on water and climate change goes beyond the usual and predictable analyses, by bringing religion and values into a discussion that is often dominated by technocratic solutions. The three case studies of Jakarta, Cape Town, and Amsterdam demonstrate the challenges of water management in urban areas and the role religion can play in addressing them. With representatives from science, politics, economics, and religion, as well as young voices, the book stimulates a values-driven dialogue on issues of water in times of climate change.
Author Bio
Dr. Jan Jorrit Hasselaar, theologian and economist, is Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Sustainable Development, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is research fellow of the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). Hasselaar chaired the working group ‘Sustainable Development’ of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands (2011-2018). Elisabeth IJmker has a background in public policy and international development. She works on religion and societal challenges at the Vrije Universiteit, which she combines with a political career as local representative in the city council of Amsterdam.