Vandana shiva earth democracy summary
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Vandana Shiva
A leading voice in the struggle for global justice, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental activist and physicist. In Earth Democracy, Shiva updates the struggles she helped bring to international attention—against genetic food engineering, culture theft, and natural resource privatization-—uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, 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 and 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 Cancun 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, serves as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future.
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In Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace , Indian physicist turned environmental activist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, decrying the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods. The commons, those resources that are managed and used by all members of communities, have sustained people and cultures for centuries, but are now becoming privatized, i. Like colonialization before it, corporate globalization counts on claiming resources outside of the scope of ownership and inside the trust of the commons of people who cannot mount a defense against such unwanted impositions and bear the brunt of the externalities created by short-sighted, greed-based projects. Through the efforts of the WTO and agribusiness giants, subsistence and small farmers have lost the right to food through the increasing expansion of business-based agricultural methods that cost the farmer and the surrounding communities but benefit the corporations. True democracy, Shiva posits, must be based on living economies, those that cherish and hold sacred the commons area, natural resources contained within it and the rights that the people have to it. This living economy must focus on local control of resources and more regulation of a market that has exploited the people who patronize it. Essentially, we are living in a linear, economy-driven world that is inevitably unsustainable.
Look Inside. Oct 27, ISBN World-renowned environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, condemning the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods. She explores the issues she helped bring to international attention—genetic food engineering, culture theft, and natural resource privatization—uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, violence against women, and planetary death. These ideals, which Dr. Category: Politics Category: Politics. Paperback —.