Apr 27 2006

A Conversation with Vandana Shiva

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Vandana ShivaGUEST: Vandana Shiva, physicist, environmentalist, author of “Earth Democracy”

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, philosopher, ecofeminist, environmental activist and writer. She began her activism in the “Chipko movement” during the 1970s in her home country of India. The movement, whose main participants were women, adopted the tactic of hugging trees to prevent their felling. In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. She has received many awards including the “Right Livelihood Award,” the “Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Programme,” and the “Earth Day International Award of the United Nations”. Vandana Shiva is a key figure in the global movement against neo-liberal capitalism. She has written several books, among them “Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development,” “India Divided: Diversity and Democracy under Attack,” “Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit,” and “Stolen Harvest : The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply.” Vandana Shiva’s latest book is “Earth Democracy : Justice, Sustainability, and Peace,” which we had discussed with her on Uprising last year. Vandana Shiva was in Los Angeles yesterday for a UCLA conference. I spoke with her about the environmental movement, US-India ties, and alternative energy.

Part 2 of the interview will be tomorrow.

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