Thursday, August 12, 2010

Promoting the Books of Dr. Vandana Shiva, on Sustainable Peace through Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

photograph of Dr. Vandana Shiva is from here

I am increasingly convinced that any G8 plans and policies, before moving forward in any regard, ought to be accepted or rejected by Dr. Vandana Shiva. Any practices, principles, and paradigms that promote globalisation as the West defines it "positively" must meet with Dr. Shiva's approval or disapproval.

We are lucky to live in a time with this brilliant author, lecturer, philosopher, physicist, environmentalist, and feminist with a cogent knowledge of how the Global North impacts the Global South, how the so-called First World negatively and destructively impacts the Second, Third, and Fourth Worlds. I hope that all those with Western, white, male, and Global Northern and/or "First" World privileges, entitlements, and power defer their sense of right and wrong, helpful and harmful, sustainable and unsustainable, to Dr. Shiva. I pray they realise that their political positions, globally mean that they are not well-positioned to know much about the consequences of actions which are in service to the most wealthy at the expense of the most poor, in service to the most privileged by gender and race at the expense of those without either.

In the name of She, the G-d whose name cannot be said, I pray.

All that follows is from *here* at

Book Shiva: Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development

Book, August, 10 2010

In this pioneering work, Vandana Shiva looks at the history of development and progress, stripping away the neutral language of science to reveal third-world development policy as the global twin of the industrial revolution.

Book Shiva: Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

Book, August, 10 2010

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.

Book Shiva: Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply

Book, August, 10 2010

Vandana Shiva continues her path-breaking work on uncovering the devastating human and environmental impacts of corporate-engineered international trade agreements.

Book Shiva: Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis

Book, August, 10 2010

With Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva connects the dots between industrial agriculture and climate change. Shiva shows that a world beyond dependence on fossil fuels and globalization is both possible and necessary.

Book Shiva: Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit

Book, August, 10 2010

A world-renowned environmental leader presents an expose of the privatization of water that threatens the livelihood of the people in the South.


heatheraurelia13 said...

Hey, Julian I love that you have been writing about Vandana Shiva, but do you know about Starhawk (Miriam Simos)? Here is her blog-
she is another eco/Pagan feminist. :)

Julian Real said...

Hi Heather,

Yes, I love Starhawk!

As you know, this blog exists to promote the voices of the most marginalised and so anyone who has knowledge/experience/wisdom/"expertise", etc. from the Global South who is a woman of color ecofeminist is going to be strongly promoted here, but I do want to check to be sure I've linked to and also promote the work of Starhawk, whose name has been coming up a lot lately, actually, as I've been kind of on a friend's case to read Dreaming The Dark!

So thanks for the reminder and I'm going to make sure her blog is on my blogroll!

Feel free to keep me informed, either by email or through comments to the blog, about her latest work, efforts, speaking engagements, etc.

Julian Real said...

Hey Heather,

For some odd reason my blogroll won't accept the URL: !!!

I've encountered this problem before, but have no idea why.