: वन्दना शिवा; b. November 5, 1952, Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand
), is a philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist
. Shiva, currently based in Delhi
, has authored more than 20 books and over 500 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. She was trained as a physicist and received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Western Ontario
, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation "Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory."
She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander
, Edward Goldsmith
, Ralph Nader
, Jeremy Rifkin
, et al.), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement
Earth Democracy connects people in circles of care, cooperation, and compassion instead of dividing them through competitoin and conflict, fear and hatred.
The nexus between modern science and violence is obvious from the fact that 80 percent of all scientific research is devoted to the war industry and is frankly aimed at large-scale violence.
Biopiracy (is) biological theft; illegal collection of indigenous plants by corporations who patent them for their own use. -- Quoted in a booklet No Patents on Seeds: A Handbook For Activists, collectively authored by the the Navdanya Team, run by Dr Shiva and her colleagues, first published in Feburary 2005 and republished in January 2006.
No to patents on seeds. Yes to bija swaraj (seed freedom).
If enough work is done on both sides, there will be (enough space for industrial workers too in a green scheme of things).
They've been told earn your own money, you won't get government grants. Instead of saying you jolly well have to support a research or university system, since every society needs knowledge systems. They're fumbling around trying to see how they can fit into corporate culture.
Globalisation is about liberalised imports and exports, which makes India export our best natural wealth and import the junk and wasted pollution of international production, including of the Western economies.
We're going through a very major rewriting of the Social Contract, or the contract between governments and people. What we're getting is a whole series of new policies that is turning the government from being an instrument that people can use, into being an instrument that only foreign corporations use against the Indian people.