Cynthia Barnett is a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore. Her book Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis calls for a water ethic for the nation. Using the ethical framework for water, Cynthia has worked to reach what she calls America’s “caring middle,” including religious communities.
Blue Revolution was named by the Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. The Globe describes Ms. Barnett’s author persona as “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” The Los Angeles Times writes that she “takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness.”
Cynthia’s previous book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. Mirage was a “One Region/One Book read in thirty Florida counties. Blue Revolution has been chosen for community and church reads from Florida to Washington state.
Cynthia is currently at work on her new book, a human and natural history of RAIN.