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Dr. Vandana Shiva

Scholar

A Generation to Cool the Earth
6 May. 17:30 – 18:30.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a physicist and international social activist.  The daughter of a forestry official and a farmer, she grew up in Dehra Dun, near the foothills of the Himalayas. Vandana developed an interest in environmentalism during a visit home, where she discovered that a favourite childhood forest had been cleared and a stream drained so that an apple orchard could be planted.

In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology – dedicated to high-quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade. Navdanya has worked with local communities and organisations, serving more than 500,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from across India, and the organisation has established 60 seed banks in 16 states across the country.

Amongst her many awards, Vandana has been named by Time magazine as an environmental ‘hero’, Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia and Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the seven most powerful women on the globe.

Vandana has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Through her books Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest and Water Wars, Dr. Shiva has made visible the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalisation. Vandana has campaigned internationally on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering, with movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria on campaigns against genetic engineering.


Title of talk:
The Future of Food

We have a choice between two paths for the future of our food and farming: a choice between monoculture and devastation, or the alternative of diversity and freedom. The path of destruction, or the path of nature.


The very possibility of our future is in doubt. Future generations are rising to prevent their future being stolen. Extinction rebellion is on the streets. I am happy to participate in ‘Generation Future’ and explore with thinkers, artists, and activists, how we are sowing the seeds of our common future and growing Earth Democracy ”
Dr. Vandana Shiva

A Generation to Cool the Earth

with Leeds Beckett University

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Scholar

A Generation to Cool the Earth
6 May. 17:30 – 18:30.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a physicist and international social activist.  The daughter of a forestry official and a farmer, she grew up in Dehra Dun, near the foothills of the Himalayas. Vandana developed an interest in environmentalism during a visit home, where she discovered that a favourite childhood forest had been cleared and a stream drained so that an apple orchard could be planted.

In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology – dedicated to high-quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade. Navdanya has worked with local communities and organisations, serving more than 500,000 men and women farmers. Navdanya’s efforts have resulted in the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from across India, and the organisation has established 60 seed banks in 16 states across the country.

Amongst her many awards, Vandana has been named by Time magazine as an environmental ‘hero’, Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia and Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the seven most powerful women on the globe.

Vandana has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Through her books Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest and Water Wars, Dr. Shiva has made visible the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalisation. Vandana has campaigned internationally on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering, with movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria on campaigns against genetic engineering.


Title of talk:
The Future of Food

We have a choice between two paths for the future of our food and farming: a choice between monoculture and devastation, or the alternative of diversity and freedom. The path of destruction, or the path of nature.


The very possibility of our future is in doubt. Future generations are rising to prevent their future being stolen. Extinction rebellion is on the streets. I am happy to participate in ‘Generation Future’ and explore with thinkers, artists, and activists, how we are sowing the seeds of our common future and growing Earth Democracy ”