Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace

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Zed Books, 2006 - Environmental justice - 224 pages
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A leading voice in struggles for global justice, Vandana Shiva is a world renowned environmental activist and physicist. With Earth Democracy, her most extensive treatment of the struggles she helped bring to international attention-genetic food engineering, cultural theft, and natural resource privatization-Shiva uncovers their link to the rising tide of fundamentalisms, violence against women, and planetary death.Starting in the 16th century with the initial enclosure of the British commons, Shiva reveals how the commons continue to shrink as more natural resources are patented and privatized. As our ecological sustainability and cultural diversity erode, so too is human life rendered disposable. Through the forces of neoliberal globalization, economic and social exclusion ignite violence across lines of difference, threatening the lives of millions.Yet these brutal extinctions are not the only trend shaping human history. Struggles on the streets of Seattle and Cancún and in homes and farms across the world, have yielded a set of principles based on inclusion, nonviolence, reclaiming the commons, and freely sharing the earth's resources. These ideals, which Shiva calls Earth Democracy, serve as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future.
 

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those who has missed out her lectures or films or the know how of the kind of work she is doing has really missed out something very very important .One example of fulfulling her life with a real work at grass root level ,unfortunately she is been awarded outside the country more than our own country .I wish her all the best in all her endeavors and wish to follow the path of sustainibility in true sense .
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This book is an important work that connects both the sustainability and social justice movements. It becomes really clear to the reader that one cannot have a peaceful world if the very species (including humans) of our planet are being destroyed beneath our common presence on the soil that feeds us. It also makes very clear that without the work needed to help people see how our political and corporate structures are inherently supportive of ongoing chaos, divisiveness and war, peace will remain a dream. Although this book doesn't directly speak about the corporate military complex and profiteering that comes from this, it shows the reader, with undoubted clarity that our global political systems are poisoned with the social constructs that promote profit through ongoing peril and economic slavery. I highly recommend this book to all those who want a more clear vision of what is really driving our world to ecological and social destruction and what we can do to be a part of changing this course rapidly to a new economic, social and ecologically sustainable world for all. Also, I would recommend all of her books, she is a genius of the most important kind, one that focuses both on intellect and emotional intelligence!  

Contents

Principles of Earth Democracy
1
Living Economies
13
Living Democracies
73
Living Cultures
109
Earth Democracy in Action
145
Notes
187
Index
195
About the Author
207
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Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker, is director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology and Ecology.  Her many books include Ecofeminism, Soil, Not Oil and Staying Alive. Shiva has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as non-governmental organizations including the Women's Environment Development Organization and the Third World Network. She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (1993).

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