Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most prominent environmental advocates.
Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalisation author Dr Vandana Shiva has dedicated her career to investigating the most significant ecological and social issues of our time, highlighting the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalisation.
Due to her first book, Staying Alive and her progressive views on women’s involvement in agriculture, Dr Shiva is also known as an eco-feminist who has helped redefine perceptions of women in developing countries. In 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr Shiva as one of the seven most powerful women in the world.
Making Peace with the Earth will see Dr Shiva reflect upon the importance of the soil itself which was acknowledged by the UN General Assembly when it declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Tibet’s pivotal role as the water source for billions of people throughout Asia will also be a particular focus. Dr Shiva’s passionate and compelling address will be complemented by evocative music by Tenzin Choegyal and friends. .
Paul Barclay is presenter and series producer of Big Ideas on ABC RN
This event “Making Peace with the Earth” is one of a number of events at Festival of Tibet held over several days: tue 19 – sun 24 april .
Event: Book now at Brisbane Powerhouse http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2016/04/20/making-peace-with-the-earth/
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Environmental activist and founder of Navdanya, Dr Vandana Shiva, on why she’s a Soil Supporter.
Join us globally in Support of Soil on Permaculture Day – Sunday 3rd May!
2015 is the year of soil. Bringing the soil to the center of our consciousness and our planning is vital for the life of the soil, but also for the future of our society. History provides ample evidence that civilizations which ignored the health and well-being of the soil, and exploited it without renewing its fertility, disappeared along with the soil.
Published on Nov 10, 2013
When natural resources like timber, water and mineral deposits can be extracted from ecosystems, they become assets with dollar values that can be bought and sold internationally and enable developing countries to grow and participate in the global economy. If growth is the key to emerging from poverty, then this might seem like a good thing. But what if these same resources being sold to richer nations come from an ecosystem that people depend on for their livelihood? What if new growth is actually proportional to the creation of new poverty?
The cult of ‘growth’ has dictated policy for decades. But if well-being, not growth, is our goal, selling resources that bring long term wellbeing to communities for short term gain is a very bad deal. Hard as it may be for the West to understand, protecting the ecological resources of communities might be more important than GDP figures.
Vandana Shiva holds a PhD in physics, but is best known as an environmental, and anti-globalisation activist and as a leading figure of ‘ecofeminism.’ Shiva is based in India and is the author of over twenty books, including Staying Alive and Biopiracy. She is a former recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.
Chair: Simran Sethi is an award-winning Indian American journalist. She is currently undergoing a research fellowship at the University of Melbourne in Australia on the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food system.