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Vandana Shiva in 2007.
5 November 1952
Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh (present-day Uttarakhand), India
|Alma mater||University of Guelph
University of Western Ontario
|Occupation||Philosopher, environmentalist, author|
|Awards||Right Livelihood Award (1993)
Sydney Peace Prize (2010)
Vandana Shiva (born 5 November 1952) is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She was trained as a physicist and received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation "Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory."
She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, et al.), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her interview in the book Vedic Ecology (by Ranchor Prime) that draws upon India's Vedic heritage. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, and numerous other prizes.
Early life and education
Vandana Shiva was born in the valley of Dehradun, to a father who was the conservator of forests and a farmer mother with a love for nature. She was educated at St Mary's School in Nainital, and at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Dehradun. After receiving her bachelors degree in physics, she pursued an M.A. in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in 1977, with a thesis entitled "Changes in the concept of periodicity of light". In 1978, she completed and received her PhD in Quantum Physics at the University of Western Ontario. Her thesis, titled "Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory," was about the philosophical underpinnings of quantum mechanics. She later went on to interdisciplinary research in science, technology, and environmental policy at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.
Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.
In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. For last two decades Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations serving many men and women farmers. Navdanya's efforts have resulted in conservation of more than 2000 rice varieties from all over the country and have established 34 seed banks in 13 states across the country. More than 70,000 farmers are primary members of Navdanya. In 2004 Dr Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley, in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.
In the area of IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights) and Biodiversity, Dr. Shiva and her team at the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology successfully challenged the biopiracy of Neem, Basmati and Wheat. Besides her activism, she has also served on expert groups of government on Biodiversity and IPR legislation.
Her first book, Staying Alive (1988) helped redefine perceptions of third world women. In 1990, she wrote a report for the FAO on Women and Agriculture entitled, "Most Farmers in India are Women". She founded the gender unit at the International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu and was a founding board member of the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as non-governmental organisations, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women's Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network. Dr. Shiva chairs the Commission on the Future of Food set up by the Region of Tuscany in Italy and is a member of the Scientific Committee which advised former prime minister Zapatero of Spain. Shiva is a member of the Steering Committee of the Indian People's Campaign against WTO. She is a councillor of the World Future Council. Dr Shiva serves on Government of India Committees on Organic Farming. Vandana Shiva participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007.
Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental "hero" in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Loyola Marymount University has asked her to speak on numerous occasions on the topic of eco-feminism, where she continuously attracts large crowds of interested students.
Vandana Shiva is working on a 3-year project with the Government of Bhutan, at the invitation of the Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, advising the government on how to achieve their objective of becoming an organic sovereign country (the first fully 100% organic country).
Dr. Vandana Shiva has been interviewed for a number of documentary films including One Water, Deconstructing Supper: Is Your Food Safe?, The Corporation, Thrive, Dirt! The Movie, Roshni: Ray of Light; and This is What Democracy Looks Like (a documentary about the Seattle WTO protests of 1999).
Shiva's focus on water has caused her to appear in a number of films on this topic. These films include "Ganga From the Ground Up," a documentary on water issues in the river Ganges; Blue Gold: World Water Wars by Sam Bozzo; Irena Salina's documentary Flow: For Love of Water (in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival), and the PBS NOW documentary On Thin Ice.
On the topic of genetically modified crops, she was featured in the documentary "Fed up!:Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives" and the documentary The World According to Monsanto, a film made by the French independent journalist Marie-Monique Robin.
In 2012, Dr. Vandana Shiva was interviewed in the documentary film Roshni: Ray of Light. Roshni lives in the Land of the Gods known as Dev Bhoomi and has only one dream, to travel to the Land of Illusions (Mumbai city, known as Maya Nagari). Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are known as the Land of the Gods.
Additional awards include:
- 1993: Order of the Golden Ark, by his Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands for outstanding services to conservation and ecology
- 1993: "Global 500 Roll of Honour", by UNEP for outstanding environmental work
- 1993: "Earth Day International Award" by Earth Day International for her dedicated commitment to the preservation of he planet as demonstrated by her actions, leadership and the setting of examples for the rest of the world
- 1993: "Right Livelihood Award" for pioneering insights into the social and environmental costs of the dominant development process, and her ability to work with and for local people and communities in the articulation and implementation of alternatives
- 1993: The VIDA SANA International Award, Spain, for her contribution to Ecology and Food Security
- 1995: The Pride of the Doon Award from Doon Citizen Council, Dehra Dun, India, in recognition of distinguished contributions to the region
- 1997: The Golden Plant Award (International Award of Ecology), Denmark, for the remarkable contribution for Ecology and Environment
- 1997: Alfonso Comin Award, Barcelona, Spain, for important contribution both scientifically and personally to the ecologist and feminist movement in India
- 1998: Commemorative Medal by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand on the occasion of the Celebration of the 18th World Food Day, organised by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok
- 1998: Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic from the International Scientific Committee of the Pio Manzu Centre at Rimini, Italy during the XXIV Pio Manzu International Conference on "The Horizons of Hermes"
- 2000: Pellegrino Artusi Award, Italy for original contribution to reflections on relations between humans and food
- 2001: HORIZON 3000 Award of Austria in recognition to rendering useful service for defending Human Rights and Preservation of Peace and for the vision of a world wide fair development in the third millennium
- 2007 The Blue Planet Award from the German Ethecon Foundation, one of the comparatively very few 'grass-root' foundations for her work "with a vision and perspective far beyond the next generation."
- 2008: The LennonOno Grant for Peace
- 2009: The Save The World Award
- 2010: The Sydney Peace Prize
- 2011: The Calgary Peace Prize from the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary
- 2011: The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award, for cultivating mutual understanding between cultures
- 2011: The Thomas Merton Award
- 2012: The EarthE Award
- 2013: Honoris causa Laurea (Master of Science degree) in Nutrition Science from the University of Calabria, Italy
Also awarded the "John M. Berry Sr. Leadership Award" for dedicated vision and commitment to family farm agriculture; the Special International Literary Prize "Ken Saro Wiwa" awarded by Acquiambiente, Italy for her book Water Wars; the "Reading for the Environment Book Prize" by the German Foundation for the Environment for her book Tomorrow's Biodiversity
Awarded the Yo Dona Award by Yo Dona Magazine, Spain
Vandana Shiva plays a major role in the global Ecofeminist movement. According to her article Empowering Women, Shiva suggests that a more sustainable and productive approach to agriculture can be achieved through reinstating a system of farming in India that is more centered on engaging women. She advocates against the prevalent "patriarchal logic of exclusion," claiming that a woman-focused system would change the current system in an extremely positive manner.
|About Vandana Shiva|
|By Vandana Shiva|
- 1981, Social Economic and Ecological Impact of Social Forestry in Kolar, Vandana Shiva, H.C. Sharatchandra, J. Banyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
- 1986, Chipko: India's Civilisational Response to the Forest Crisis, J. Bandopadhyay and Vandana Shiva, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Pub. by INTACH
- 1987, The Chipko Movement Against Limestone Quarrying in Doon Valley, J. Bandopadhyay and Vandana Shiva, Lokayan Bulletin, 5 : 3, 1987, pp. 19–25 online
- 1988, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India, Zed Press, New Delhi, ISBN 0-86232-823-3
- 1991, Ecology and the Politics of Survival: Conflicts Over Natural Resources in India, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California, ISBN 0-8039-9672-1
- 1992, The Violence of the Green Revolution: Ecological degradation and political conflict in Punjab, Zed Press, New Delhi
- 1992, Biodiversity: Social and Ecological Perspectives (editor); Zed Press, United Kingdom
- 1993, Women, Ecology and Health: Rebuilding Connections (editor), Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Kali for Women, New Delhi
- 1993, Monocultures of the Mind: Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Agriculture, Zed Press, New Delhi
- 1993, Ecofeminism, Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva, Fernwood Publications, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, ISBN 1-895686-28-8
- 1994, Close to Home: Women Reconnect Ecology, Health and Development Worldwide, Earthscan, London, ISBN 0-86571-264-6
- 1995, Biopolitics (with Ingunn Moser), Zed Books, United Kingdom
- 1997, Biopiracy: the Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, South End Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, I ISBN 1-896357-11-3
- 2000, Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, South End Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, ISBN 0-89608-608-9
- 2000, Tomorrow's Biodiversity, Thames and Hudson, London, ISBN 0-500-28239-0
- 2001, Patents, Myths and Reality, Penguin India
- 2002, Water Wars; Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, South End Press, Cambridge Massachusetts
- 2005, India Divided, Seven Stories Press,
- 2005, Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water and Life Forms Women Unlimited, New Delhi, ISBN 81-88965-17-0
- 2005, Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, South End Press, ISBN 0-89608-745-X
- 2007, Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed, editor, South End Press ISBN 978-0-89608-777-4
- 2007, Democratizing Biology: Reinventing Biology from a Feminist, Ecological and Third World Perspective, author, Paradigm Publishers ISBN 978-1-59451-204-9
- 2008, Soil Not Oil, South End Press ISBN 978-0-89608-782-8
- 2010, Staying Alive, South End Press ISBN 978-0-89608-793-4
- Who's Who of Women and the Environment – Vandana Shiva United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- "Vandana Shiva's Publications". Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- Scott London. "In the Footsteps of Gandhi: An Interview with Vandana Shiva".
- "Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory / by Vandana Shiva" (microform). Department of Philosophy, Graduate Studies, University of Western Ontario, 1978. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
- International Organization for a Participatory Society – Interim Committee Retrieved 2012-9-25
- "Seeds of Self-Reliance". Time. 26 August 2002. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
- Vandana Shiva (1977). "Changes in the concept of periodicity of light" (M.A. Thesis). Canadian Theses Division, National Library, Ottawa. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Shiva, Vandana (2007). Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader. Paradigm Publishers. pp. 433–445. ISBN 1-59451-204-3.
- "News Details". MoA. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "This Is What Democracy Looks Like DVD". AK Press. 26 February 2005. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "On Thin Ice, NOW on PBS". Pbs.org. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "Dalai Lama Renaissance Documentary Film – Narrated by Harrison Ford – DVD Dali Tibet China". Dalailamafilm.com. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "Vandana Shiva". Queen of the Sun. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "Right Livelihood Award: The 'Alternative Nobel Prize'". Rightlivelihood.se. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "UNEP Global 500 Laureates – Award Winners". Global500.org. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rochlitz: Laudatio auf Dr. Vandana Shiva". ethecon – Stiftung Ethik & Ökonomie. 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- "Blue to Vandana Shiva, black to Nestlé". CSR Special: Management Next. 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- "What do Hugo Chavez, Vandana Shiva, and Diane Wilson Have in Common?". Chelsea Green Publishing. 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- "International ethecon Awards for 2013". Finance GreenWatch. 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- "Physicist, environmentalist wins Sydney Peace Prize – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- "2011 Calgary Peace Prize Recipient – Dr. Vandana Shiva | Peace Studies". Ucalgary.ca. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Nair, K.B. (11 November 2011). "Vandana Shiva Bags Doshi Bridgebuilder Award". India Journal (Santa Fe Springs). Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- "The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award". The Center for Religion & Spirituality. Loyola Marymount University. 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "The EarthE Award with VandanaShiva portrait and quotes". EarthE Awards. 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Conferita la laurea ad honorem in Scienze della Nutrizione a Vandana Shiva". Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- Dr. Vandana Shiva: Empowering Women 10 June 2004 by WordPress.com
- Vandana Shiva: Empowering Women by BBC News
- C Jackson: Radical Environmental Myths: A Gender Perspective, 1995
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- A Conversation with Dr. Vandana Shiva, Mount Allison University, 26th February 2012, Dr. Ian Mauro and an audience of ca. 300; accessed 22 Feb 2013.