Democracy & Biodiversity
Vandana Shiva discusses the corporatization of the rural economy in India and the efforts to resist it. “I have recognized that civil disobedience is a way to create permanent democracy, perennial democracy, a direct democracy. Gandhi’s idea of swadeshi, that society should put its own resources and its local capacities to use to meet its needs as a basic element of freedom, the economic pillar of political freedom, is becoming increasingly relevant.”
Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She’s a physicist, scholar, social activist, and feminist. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She’s the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Water Wars, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth. She is the editor of the book Seed Sovereignty, Food Security.