"Earth Democracy" with Vandana Shiva, PhD



Thank you Judy for such an extended…introduction. Sometimes I forget.
LAUGHING And thank you…for that very powerful poem.
I paid a tribute in the morning to the young people. And I know – they are not going to
be stopped in creating the world that allows a future. CLAPPING I am very often introduced as an anti-globalization activist. And I always remind people no. It's not globalization
that is at the heart of our consciousness uh and our concerns. The earth is at our heart and our being members
of the earth community, I am also very often introduced as an anti GMO activist and
I always remind them no – I work for bio diversity. You are obsessed with GMOs.
LAUGHING And of course there is another word that I
don't like to fall in the trap of. You know many people say what do you do and I tell
them we save seeds. I help farmers try and make sure everyone has a right to good food or you're an NGO. NGO means non-government organization. And I said we are nobody's non. LAUGHING We are aligned with the earth and life in
abundance and life in all her generosity. CLAPPING In India, even when I was growing up it was
easy to think of a community because that is
how our civilization defined humanity as a member of…is one of the names of the earth
goddess. India is a civilization that recognized diversity
in the deeper sense. And in fact, one could say it's a civilization organization
around diversity. So the earth has a thousand names. The…
has a thousand names. Uh – everything that has meaning and has a foundation has many names. The divinity itself has a thousand names.
So… is one of the names of the earth goddess. And… means the family of the earth. I grew up with this idea. But I started to
articulate it in contemporary terms only after – the project of globalization…was imposed on the world. And then we had movements
like the one in Seattle where WTO was shut down. And then they started to say anti-globalization
and activist, but also remember 9/11 was then used to identify those who worked for
earth democracy as equal to terrorists. I wrote my book, Earth Democracy, to say if
they were terrorists it was those who were devastating this planet. Violating every ethical norm of justice and peace and sustainability. It's a very powerful ancient
oppnition. Its called the… And it says this universe is for all beings. And their happiness. Enjoy the gifts without greed. I love the
phrase…of all greed. Shun greed. And remember at every point of enjoying the gifts of the
earth that others have a share. Do not take their share. Do not steal from
others. Other species. Other humans and generations to come. When we talk of other
species it is about the ecological web of life. Normally when we talk about not taking from other humans – its being phrased only in
the language of social justice. But the foundation of social justice is ecological justice. And when you think of other generations – both
the Native Americans and it's fascinating that they are called Indians because Columbus
thought he was coming to India. For our spices and our textiles and he landed
here and he thought he had arrived in India and called the Native Americans Indians. And
out of us comes our unity. But the Native Americans as well as in India
we think in terms of the 7th generation to come. That whatever you do…ask what will
happen to the 7th generation. If it's going to harm them then don't take that action. And if it's going to leave a benefit then
go ahead. Now most of what is called progress…would fail the test of the 7th
generation. And one reason, we have managed to continue
on a very false idea – of humanity progressing…is because we've allowed delusions
to shape our thinking about ourselves and our world. I will just touch on the five grand illusions
that I have to deal with on an everyday basis and in fact are reasons for why I do what
I do. The first grand illusion is that we are not
part of nature. We are separate. But not only are we separate, humans are outside and above nature. To be masters and conquerors of the earth. So of course, I trained in science and later
when I writing Staying Alive I studied a lot of history of science. And could not believe that those who account considering the
founding fathers of modern science actually saw the enterprise as establishing man's –
empire over the earth. And interestingly what they did in science
then affected faith because a lot of people talk about the – you know go out and in the bible how its misinterpreted to mean dominate
other species. When it was meant to be – be stewards. So Bacon wrote a book called "The Birth of
Masculine Time" saying if we participate in the processes of life we are effeminate. Which is good. I think we should all be effeminate. LAUGHING. In fact, Gandhi used to say a daily prayer.
You know he cultivated compassion. In very serious way and his daily prayer was…make me more womanly. He was a man. He wasn't asking for a sex change. LAUGHING.
He was calling on deeper compassion. Not because it's intrinsic to women. But women
having being left out of the conquest project. Have managed to continue the practice of humanity
in its compassionate form. And the affection now needs to spread everywhere. The will to control and the will to profit…was
embodied in what was defined as progress. And this morning when Johanna was…talking
about civilization and barbarians, I was thinking we got there the wrong way. When
Gandhi was asked what do you think of western civilization he said it might be a
good idea. You know basically if the west got civilized to not have to colonize others – it would be a good idea. And what was called barbarians were basically
the people who were civilized but on other modes – the modes of compassion. And
when I got off at the airport in Denver and it was a long, long, long walk. LAUGHING There were – photographs of Native Americans.
Proud and beautiful. And look what has been done. To civilized tribes. They were civilized.
They were called barbarians. For me barbarianism is to grab other people's
resources. To not live within your own limits. To create wars just to sell more arms.
I think that's what is going on in the Middle East. You see after a collapse of the economy
there is one economy left to carry on and that's the economy of war. But that too must end. Because not sustainable.
In ecological or social terms. The will to control – has sadly been defined
into being human. So we have had a shrinkage of our compassionate
capacity and of humanity. First we were separated from being part of
the earth family with anthropocentrism. It's only about humans at the center. But humans at the center could only be some
humans at the center. Yes. So women were wiped out of being fully human and how many
hundreds of years men had to fight for getting equal rights – the contemporary order
of things. Indigenous people were surely wiped out of being fully human. They won.
Till recently the Encyclopedia Britannica said that aboriginal people of Australia are
more part of the fauna and flora. And the land was defined as empty because
if you send in our people than you are not taking over the land from people. And it – entirely
legal construction of…the empty earth was created. Same happened here. The indigenous
people weren't fully human. In Australia it's interesting when you read the
records why weren't they human because they didn't plant apple trees. LAUGHING And why weren't the Native Americans human?
Because they did not…put their bison into fences. Its very big issue to define progress. Imprisoning other species. And of course then
you get into the habit you keep imprisoning and now the national activity
of this country is creating jails. There are more people in jails than are on
the land. And uh what we are seeing in St. Louis – part
of what is the structures that have been created of violence. That will dominate must necessarily come with
the cultivation of an arrogance. And arrogance that based on ignorance of the diversity
of humanity, respect for the diversity, or the diversity of the earth. I have done this so often in my life. I will
– discuss with people who are saying they have the next step of progress. And Gordon Rice that you mentioned Judy is
one example. That uh – because some people – because some children are blind in
the third world or have too man deficiencies they are going to now put a vitamin A producing
gene into rice. It's called golden because it looks yellowish.
It was introduced – the idea was introduced in the year 2000. I then wrote an essay to
saying it's a Blind Approach to Blindness Prevention because there is so much diversity
that is so much richer than golden rice will ever be. The reason its not available to people is
we are calling those sources of vitamin A and iron – weeds. And then we spray Round Up and herbicides to get rid of them. When I
was a child my grandmother used to cook the more amazing dishes with uh a
spontaneous crop called…. its a gentle…today you don't find it in the chemical farmed
fields because its being filled with herbicides. There is abundant on our farm because we
don't herbicides. There are smarter ways to deal with weeds. …just the other day…was in a debate and
a scientist was saying cutting edge technology. I said cutting edge technology to do what? Got the BT toxin and we got the herbicide –
and these are smart ways to grow food. I said no they are very dumb ways to grow food.
LAUGHING Because the BT toxin is supposed to control the bests – it's a substitute for chemicals. It's not controlling that pest. The pest has become resistant. The bull worm – its created new
pests in fact just the other day a paper was released by Monsanto officials in Brazil
saying new pests are taking over – something we've observed in India….army bugs, mealy
bugs – names I have never heard before. They didn't exist in cotton fields. Farmers didn't have to use more pesticides. A tool is assessed for how effective it is.
A tool that doesn't do the job should be put aside for better tools. Herbicide resistance is an even more…uh
failed technology. I don't know how many of you are aware that 17 million hectors of this
country are overtaken with weeds resistance to Round Up and now they've just approved
the USDA has approved – crops that are genetically more defined to deal with 24D
which was an ingredient of agent orange. Of course, for me it's not a surprise that
these war chemicals are being used because the origins of industrialized agriculture is in the war – fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides
– all began in the war industry. They were then
introduced after war into agriculture. And now, they are being introduced through
genetic engineering in the seed sector. There is another very serious aspect of the
will to control which is this new idea that because we've impacted the planet so much
– things like the act into government panel on climate changes sees 99% certainty that human actions have caused climate disturbance.
There's a group of scientists who can't give up…would say oh now we are in anthro….age.
Now we must control the planet. And what other brilliant ideas? Create artificial volcanoes? Put pollutants in the atmosphere? To create a block for the sunlight. President Bush had a favorite project, which didn't go through, which was put reflectors in the sky.
LAUGHING And I said, but the sun was never the problem.
You know? The sun was never the problem. The problem was the pollution. More pollution won't solve the problem. I am standing at a wonderful court. A clear
sign of insanity is to keep doing the same thing again and again expecting a different
outcome and if human pollution has destabilized our climate — polluting the
oceans – polluting the air – artificial volcanoes won't solve it. It will just make it worse.
I have been in some debates with those who propose geo-engineering as it's called. And
when I say ok if the sun doesn't shine what is going to happen? Because the talk about global warmings will give you global cooling.
Yes. Uh it's ok when the sun doesn't shine when
you happen with photosynthesis. How will we get our food? You know I don't look at
that – it's not in my project. LAUGHING. And that's part of the problem. The project
is limited. And you are taking the power – to tamper with Gaia on a planetary scale. The GMO project is limited to a petri dish.
That is all they know. Shoot – genes from an unrelated organisms – with cells in them – petri dish. How can that vision of a petri dish
substitute the magnificence of the living world? If you aren't participating in that living
world and all you are doing is sharpening your tools to fool yourself – that you are going to do better than nature. Or 10 thousand years of farming. Uh – we will get violence. Earth democracy gives us opportunities. When I
wrote – I wrote it because in the climate debates agriculture was a missing piece. And 40% of the greenhouse gases from the way
we produce our food and the way we distribute it in a globalized system. There isn't a heading called agriculture.
There is headings called transportation. There are headings called Land Use. So I pulled it all together. And its 40%. If you do organic farming – you can remove
more than 40% emissions from the atmosphere. While you increase the fertility
of the soil. While you increase it's water holding capacity. Our participation in the earth's process does
not have to be – based on violence. It can be based on the core rising. On the core creation. On the core production. But for that we
have to be deeply aware… of the processes at work. And you can only be aware – through participation. When I realize how much of our thinking is
shaped by a mechanistic world view which has then lead to industrialization of living
systems and living processes – I realize how much of the beautiful ways in which we can
control pests without spraying poisons, weeds without spraying herbicides creates
all fertility through organic composting without putting chemical fertilizers. And that brings me to the second grand illusion.
That – we produce more through commodification, industrialism, fossil fuel
use and this more is better. Why is the delusion? Because something like
GDP which every – all governments must have higher GDP – what does GDP measure? If
you chop a forest – and you get timber you have growth. You protect the forest you have no growth. You use pesticides you have growth – then
people fall ill and have cancer then you have growth and you have perpetual growth. Where is real growth? In terms of life processes. Works – on a different logic. As I have said the currency of life is not
money – so if what if the ecological crisis is about our imperiling life on this planet then we have got to increase that currency of life.
We have got to increase our connections with the earth. We have got to increase the
biological processes – by working with them. In terms of agriculture we are fooling ourselves.
Because after all the destruction 75% of the ecological destruction of the planet has
its roots in an industrial agriculture model. In '95 the UN did a meeting on erosion of
biodiversity and agriculture – 75% erosion because of industrial farming and its monocultures. 75% of the water – is destroyed for agriculture. 75% of the soils are degraded because of the
way we have stopped – respecting the soil in the earth. And as I said 40% of the climate problem is
coming from that same system of agriculture. And this system only gives 30% of the food
human beings eat. 70% comes from what are called inefficient
small farms. Which aren't inefficient except because of the delusions. I won't go into the details of the calculus.
We have just done this book that was released called, Wealth Per Acre, where we work out
the externalities of industrial agriculture. If the real costs were counted, we couldn't
afford that model. But the costs are being born by the earth
and they are being born by us in terms of damage to health and they have been born by
us. In terms of the subsidies that are provided to keep an unviable system going.
400 million…is the subsidies of rich countries. Half of Europe's budget is for
agribusiness. Half! And in this country – I think it's about – at
leapt 6 billion but its impossible in the US to find out because they are constantly shifting categories around. I do remember though in a debate uh your secretary
of agriculture was asked – we have this economic crisis in many families that
had food don't have food anymore. So are you going to increase the budget – for
food stamps? By cutting the budget for chemicals in agriculture? And he said, agriculture subsidies can't be
touched. And most people, asking for food stamps – are lying. [Can you say that again?] What Mr. Versach said that he would not increase
the support – subsidies for food to the hungry because – people who claim to be hungry
are lying. So we have this huge domination….of particular
model of doing farming. Which is not working with the earth. And its not even producing
food. Most of 90% of the corn and soil – is going
for biofuel and animal feed. Its not food. And that is why when the industry
said we got to do GMOs to feed the world – there is a double delusion. The first delusion
is its anyway not going for food. The second delusion is genetic engineering doesn't increase yields. Again, I won't bore you with the science of
it, but uh – its – it's a gene transfer technology using a gene gun. That's all it does. The
rest – the plants do. The plants bred by farmers are bred by public breeders aware of what
the breeding has been done – genetic engineering is not a breeding technology and
every claim that is more accurate its faster – is just a claim. What we found in 30 years of our work by working
with nature just with one objective – serve and protect biodiversity. And the more
we protect biodiversity the more food we have. We did an assessment about 3 years ago,
we measured the nutrition per acre – and we can feed two planets by protecting the
diversity nature has given us. Because after that the diversity does the
work for us. In replenishing soil and protecting uh in uh – best control there is nothing more
brilliant than diversity in controlling pests. In the UK, the have a crazy project. Their genetically engineering wheat with a
cow like gene and when you ask what the cow like gene is – its a secret, but we say so
you have got an intellectual property right on it?
No, no we don't have an intellectual property right on it. But they don't tell us what's this cow like
gene? And what are they doing this for? To prevent aphids. In wheat, if you allow organic
farming you will always find those beautiful lady bug beetles that eat the aphids. In the wheat season, I just love walking through
our fields. Watching the ladybugs at work. But we've defined nature as inactive – as
dead. And that's why it's a surprise to us when
pests become super pests. Because they have ntelligence. When they are being bombarded
with poisons they mutate and protect themselves. Or a weed becomes a super weed. And the intelligence of nature – is what we've to be alive to. And from that intelligence comes actions that
are compassionate. Knowing that all those beings have their right
to exist but more than they are doing so much for us. They have now calculated that pollinators
contribute to 169 billion dollars annually – in food production. 169 billion dollars. We worked out its 1.6 trillion dollars of
damage for India…going the poison way. Third big delusion – that big is better. It's a delusion because there is only one
– example of where bigness doesn't stop. Only the cancer cell – does not know when to stop
growing – every healthy cell knows when to stop growing. Big…errors cause big damage. What I talked
about in terms of geo-engineering. What harm it can do working on that planetary scale.
The beauty is that in any interconnected world every big grows from any smalls. In that sense, small is big. The 500 trillion cells in our body – are many
smalls working in harmony. Species in ecosystems in balance are working
in harmony. And when you come to agriculture and food
– small farms – produce most of the food. In India its 100%. In Russia its 56% of the food comes from family farms in spite of all the
destruction…during the Soviet era. In Brazil, 87% and when we look at Brazil
we only think of soil being in animals – the real food people eat is coming from farms.
In Cuba, 98%. Ukraine, 55%. There of course a sad story that part of the
whole Ukraine crisis began with Monsanto and Cargill wanting to take over the agriculture market there. Uh – so small is not just beautiful. It is
also powerful. In 1987, I was at a meeting where the industry was laying out its plans – the chemical industry was talking about how they needed
to do genetic engineering in order to own patents. And they must get an international
law, which then became the World Trade Organization Rules of Intellectual Property.
Uh – and I – heard – basically a vision of total control of life on earth. An ultimate
bio imperialism. I must say – I was scared. What do you do with this kind – of concentration of power over life? And the meeting was in Geneva – I was flying back and I kept
thinking – and I thought of Gandhi. And Gandhi fought with his shoe – not by bringing
out canons. Not by using the violence that they system was using against us. He pulled out a spinning wheel. He didn't know how to spin. No one was spinning because our textile industry
had been devastated. He found and 80- year-old woman who used to spin and said teach me. And then he asked the whole nation to spin. And when people laughed at him and said how do you think a small spinning wheel will bring you freedom? He said it's the only thing that can. Because this small spinning
wheel can be made in every home. And the smallest of hearts – and the poorest of women can join the struggle for freedom. Its powerful he said because its so small.
And because its so small it can be millions of fans and millions participating is more powerful than 5 of us. And that's the inspiration I took. I said
the seed will be the spinning wheel because if we were being colonized through the mechanization of the textile industry – today it is the
industrialization of life. And seed is the embodiment of life. Seed is the first link.
And its not an accident – that there is an attempt to control the seed. And take over the seed freedom both from the seed to reproduce itself as well as from farmers and gardeners to have seed as well as you know in your country for citizens to know what are they eating through labeling? This is connected – to the next grand delusion.
Which is the replacement of real beings – real beings – and I remember uh I was invited to speak at his holiness' 60th birthday – it seems so long ago. And uh because it was his holiness I really wanted him to know about what is happening with owning life and…and
genetic engineering and at the end of my speech he passed me a note and I still
preserve his writing – he said all beings have a right to happiness. No being has a right to take the happiness away. So there are beings – there are you and me.
There is the earthworms and the butterflies. There are the bees. And they are non-beings. Non-beings that are constructions that we make. Just like on a piece of paper we can write
an equation. The construction that has become more powerful
– than governments and more powerful than citizens is the human construction of
corporations as people. Now they weren't people. The first corporation was the east
India company – 1600. Why were corporations created? To basically externalize risks. And
privatize profits. Because those were they days of colonialism
where every European government was hustling every other government. And they
were stealing each other's ships and bullion and the gold and uh – sometimes they wouldn't
get the ship lord of gold back. If – the British had invested the Spanish
would benefit. If the Portuguese had invested, French would benefit – so they created the
limited liability corporation to say if the – wealth comes back its ours. If it doesn't come back society bares those
risks. So the limited liability corporation got born then. But it's still a business. It's still a corporation. What has happened in
the United States in the last few years – is something that should concern everybody. The world's first very serious case uh in
2010 and the Supreme Court ruled – that corporations having the freedom to buy elections
literally was their freedom of free speech. That is the first time free speech started
to enter the discussion of this fiction now becoming a person – a corporate person who is different from a legal construct. For a legal construct society gives permission saying yes this entity is fine – we will deal in these sets of laws. But once it's a person – it appropriates the
rights that human beings have to then trample on human rights. And the earth. So this was a comment on the ruling its called citizen united – even though they are artificial entities with greater access to capital in financial longevity and no interest or interconnection
to humanity we now guarantee them the right to free speech. Freedom of speech was intended
as a way for human beings to guarantee their ability to speak out against largely
systemic and structure oppression. A corporation now has that guarantee. Uh its – and on this tour when I am extending
my trip to visit Vermont – because California tried labeling 40 million was poured
to prevent it. Washington tried – I know there is a Colorado ballot on GMO labeling.
Vermont actually passed the law. And now, the corporations are saying we are going to
sue you because by letting the citizens know what is in their food you are robbing us of
free speech. Just think. LAUGHING Just think that your freedom to know and make
choices in an informed way is robbing corporations of their free speech. Interestingly the economist, which usually
you know, doesn't tell you too much…LAUGHING… Has a very interesting article this time. And it's on this same issue of non-beings.
Claiming rights. I don't know how many of you are aware that there are new free trade
treaties being negotiated. One is a trans- Pacific partnership, one is a trans-Atlantic
investment in trade partnership. Now all of them has this thing called investor state dispute. Which basically is a clause that allows an
investor with corporation to sue a government if the government does not hand over – a water system, a health system or takes a decision. That – in the right – in the minds
of – those around corporations it is – taking of possibilities. So this is what the economist says. If you wanted to convince the public
that international trade agreements are a way to let multinational companies get rich of the expense of ordinary people this is what
you would do. Give foreign firms a special right to apply to a secretive tribunal of
highly paid corporate lawyers for compensation whenever government passes a law to say discourage
smoking, protect the environment or prevent a new catastrophe. Yet that is
precisely what thousands of trade and investment treaties over the past half-century
have done through a process as investor state disputes. So after Fukashima, the people of Germany
rose and made sure that government would pass a law to never have nuclear power again. A company in Sweden sued. Vattenfall is the company. They sued Germany
for 4.7 billion dollars. Uh there is a very famous case and – I helped
the government if I could in spreading awareness about this – Chevron Occidental
absolutely destroyed part of the Amazon. And the indigenous people filed a case and they
won. They won the case – so what does Occidental
do? Sues the government of Ecuador for 2.3 billion dollars. For a case, in which a decision has been made
against the company for pollution and pollution that was deadly. There is a famous case of a California company
wanting Canada's water. And Canada said well we don't want to sell our water.
For in our law, water is not a commodity. This company called Sunbelt in California sued Canada – 8 million – billion dollars. If you think of non-beings parading as beings
then claiming the right to destroy all beings is where we are at. Which is why radical compassion
becomes so vital. Brings me to the final grand illusion, which
I would call the creation myth of our times. In India we have the creation of the churning
of the oceans – the bible has its own creation story. The creation myth of today
is – t these fictions we have created called corporations, which are then claiming personhood,
are then claiming to have minds. And, claiming property rights on products
of the mind – can you imagine where we have reached? Here is a non-person with a non-mind
– claiming property rights on life on earth. Intellectual property it's called.
The definition of intellectual property is property in products of the mind. Show me Monsanto's mind. There are scientists who work there. But it's the company that has the intellectual property. Judy talked about a few cases where – corporations
basically stole…biodiversity and knowledge and said we invented – we've invented
the use of neem to control pests my grandmother used to use neem for green as well as clothes. We've always started to have other things like…our saris and woolens
used to be kept safe of pests with neem. Before that case, 11 years – and eventually
had the patent stuck down. The patent was jointly held by a W.R. Grace
and the US Department of Agriculture. Grace is the company that did all the pollution
outside of Boston. And there is a film called uh a Civic Action. And the film is
being made on this issue of pollution. I am from there – we have the most beautiful basmati.
Basmati means the queen of aroma. A company in Texas claimed to have – invented
the plant, its height, the grain, the aroma in the grain and methods of cooking rice. LAUGHING. We had to deal with that…for about – 5 years. And one – part of it was in the courts, but
part of it was – a wonderful movement and this was pre all of these quick digital social media. But cards were made – postcards telling
the US Patent and Trademark Office – if you don't strike down this piracy we will have
to rename you the US Piracy and Theft Office
and that embarrassed them enough and then there is ancient wheat in India that Monsanto
patented because it – doesn't express gluten and everyone has got gluten allergies these
days. Uh a more recent bio piracy is — related
to another vitamin named Miracle. This is a GMO banana that is going to produce vitamin A. It already started human trails in the
United States. 12 girls are being paid 900 dollars each. And they will be fed three bananas and I said
what kind of a scientific trial is this? There is no animal trials? There is no safety trials. It's basically
a marketing trial – tests were done on the American population so you Africans better
eat it. Now, I was traveling in Indonesia to work
with farmers uh who had been arrested for saving seeds. And uh…they were released
with the constitution called decision and they wanted me to be there to celebrate their victory. So I traveled and in this village they
served me bananas of every color including yellow banana. I said you've got yellow
banana already – can you do a little more research on the super banana? That is being offered as a miracle solution
for Africa's vitamin A deficiency. On 2nd of October – Gandhi's birthday – we launched a campaign because the GMO banana is
pirated. The vitamin A comes from a micro nation banana. It's in all the paintings and all the literature
of that region. And we've been able to show how Dr. Dale received
this from a gene bank. With all the research that was done. If we do – realize that we live in a web of
life – that other life forms are of family members in the earth family. The outrage of
some constructions claiming to be the creators of that life. Is the ultimate violation… of every ethical
principle. That is why you know and people don't understand intellectual property uh
that it's a claim to ownership. It's a claim to invention. Its a claim to creation – I said ok just remember GMO means god move over. LAUGHING We are – as I said – in an evolutionary moment
in which we have never been before. With every prediction on climate change from
species…the fact that a billion people don't have food. Two billion are suffering from
diseases because of bad food. Uh – as…you say we are in a mess. We are in an absolute mess. But we don't have to be trapped in it. Radical
compassion – is both becoming aware and alive. To these threats. But becoming aware
and alive to their illusions – that lie behind the trends and getting rid of those delusions.
To me that is the ultimate spiritual awakening. To differentiate between delusions
and reality. But there is more to spirituality. In my view,
growing good food is a spiritual action. We have a beautiful oppnition – the….oppnition,
which says the highest dharma is the growing and giving of good food and the worst
sin is cultivating badly – they didn't have poisons in that time. It's cultivating badly
and serving bad food. It goes on to say everything is food. I mean
it says I am – I am the creator because everything is food. Everything is something
else's food. The web of life is a food web. And wherever we enter the food web with love
and compassion — we become part of spiritual engagement in that food web. Saving seeds for me is a spiritual act. And
I am so glad we have been able to uh produce collectively with the global initiative of
– peace of – the sacred seed book and I am going work with them for next year on a sacred book because next year is the year of soil.
We of course work a lot on on the signs of it – but we also always need the sacred
dimension articulated. And sometime in the next few months, we are
going to fix a date – for us – for the earth – for our truth of the earth by just taking soil wherever we are making a commitment to
the earth that we are there to protect you. With all – of our love. With all of our life.
And that's — again to come back to what – that is – makes truth a verb. We have wonderful course every November on
Gandhi and it is basically to awaken us to our human possibilities. To be non violent
and deeply compassionate in a hugely violent world. Because we can turn our backs to that violence.
But it will just grow. As Gandhi said you have got to love the sinner.
But not the saint. And so he always said the British are my friends
and brothers and sisters but British rule and British imperialism we must end. In a similar way those who work in corporations
are our friends. And we can love them and we can hug them.
I hug the Monsanto chief of India the other day but I can't hug Monsanto because it doesn't exist. LAUGHING The rule that comes out of that fiction does
exist and transform our world not in a positive way. And being able to differentiate between the
delusions and the reality – the compassion for the real people in these corporation but the clarity that corporate rule must end because
spiritual rule needs to get back compassionate. Radical compassion needs to sow the
seeds of another world even while everywhere around us we see destruction. And I know we as human beings have that potential.
The young people are showing the way. They are my teachers in our times – thank you. CLAPPING
CHEERING Thank you. Thank you. I think there is some time for questions.
Is someone going to moderate? Oh. Just yes – go… Q: Market based solutions and market based approaches – I wonder what you think of – cap and trade? What is good about cap and
trade and what is bad about cap and trade in your view? A: The first – the market base solutions you
know there is a capital in market and the small in markets. Small in markets are humans
– meeting each other, exchanging things, farmers markets are an example of that. And this capitaling market with this mysterious stuff happens in Wallstreet. Even the Wallstreet
doesn't really know what happens as the 2008 collapse let us – nobody knew what was going on with derivatives and securitization. Uh so the first thing that is wrong with trade
and emissions is it's putting the trust into that casino. Uh and trade emerged – and would
work in the US around very specific gases. Particularly in local air pollution.
But to apply it on a global scale – cap goes wrong. And the trade goes wrong. During the Kyoto protocol period, which is
ending 2015 – the end was that there should be a 5% reduction in greenhouse gases. What did we see? We saw the polluters walk away with more money
uh billions by this trade where they would identify – a clean development mechanism
somewhere else. And then buy the rights. The interesting thing was very often
the clean development mechanisms weren't clean. The worse of polluting industry was brought
to India. And they became the clean industry between which these trade happen.
It's all about paper calculation. Emissions have actually increased 17% rather
than going down 5%. So if you just look at its delivery it has failed. At Rio Plus 20
which was in 2012 – the big issue – on the streets of Rio was the fact that corporations were now saying we must take this trade next step – the market base solution next step. We must commoditize nature's functions and services – ecological services and functions. What does that mean? It means we now do know something that my
sisters in…40 years taught the world that trees are not…of timber. They are the providers
of soil and water and pure air. Scientists are waking up now that yes they give us pure
air. And that is why actually you know the breathing meditation – its basically so harm
is – mentioned – you are therefore I am. Because the trees are there we are – if they
didn't give us oxygen we'd drown in our own carbon dioxide. What they want to trade – in Wallstreet now
is the functions of the green leaf to absorb carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. And all the movements – converged to say we
don't want this kind of a green economy because the green economy can be the color
of the dollar note or the green economy can be – the leaf of nature. And it depends on whose rules and which laws
we want to funnel. So it hasn't worked quite simply. Q: Dr. Shiva your uh joyfulness and your intelligent – intelligence is uh – incredibly spontaneous and uh – catching. So this is
a more personal question – you have been at the center of the storm of so much for decades and decades – how do you maintain your
balance and your joyfulness? A: Because by not making an effort to maintain
it – LAUGHING. Uh you know everything I do comes from a very
deep love. For life, for this earth that gives us life. For those around me. Who sustain me? Uh and uh – yes they are – these are souls that come along, but my father always
said you must stay balanced. And so when I get the awards and many come and I am going to get the Mother Teresa award and the Mother Teresa award is because of
all the attacks on me. LAUGHING Isn't it interesting? So I deal with the attacks and the way I deal with the awards as uh different people having a different view of the work I do.
Those who want to work for the earth and humanity feel happy. And those who would want
to shut down are concerns for the earth and human rights. Think I am terrible. But
uh – my conscious tells me that this is the work I must do. This is my dharma. And uh
– once you chose your dharma and the dharma guides you after that. Its – then it
flows. CLAPPING Q: Yes, what would you say about the terrifying
contention by the claim in a recent article in Atlantic Monthly that the Amazon
Rain Forrest was created by natives…practices – could such terror forming
be done today? A: Well when we go back four thousand years
you know we are projecting into the practices of the Amazonian tribes what they
did. Uh sadly my first conversation on terra preta uh was with a person who had invested
in bio fuels. And because we built up this awareness that bio fuels are actually a negative
energy production – you need more fossil fuel to convert corn and soil into oil. Uh when you substitute the subsidy debate
start to get trouble and it wasn't as profitable. So this person said to me we are going to
bring back biofuel in the mainstream by selling the – you know in every industrial process
– there is a pollution and there's a solid waste uh because its produced without oxygen they started to call it terra preta. And I have seen in India these arguments being
used to have fertilizer companies put out their solid waste uh sugar factories put out
the solid waste as if it is carbon enrichment of the soil. So I really feel – believe that we must know
the soil better, respect the soil uh – what we need to do is rejuvenate the living organisms of the soil. And not bring one more
reductionism, which is carbon reductionism because the soil needs magnesium and
calcium and it needs it phosphors and its potassium. And all of that can only be provided
by the life forms – the billions and billions of life forms. So a lot of people are very happy with – uh
– with charcoal – basically charcoal in today's world. You know what I mean – you make charcoal
by firing – by burning without oxygen. And the second reason why I am not very happy about the solution is a lot of people say you are fixing the carbon dioxide
at the time of burning that is not true. The plant fixed it when it did photosynthesis. Its not at the time of burning so I think
somewhere a long the way we've lost uh – our awareness of the life process but any reductism
is worrisome. It might work for a while, but I think the holistic solution is what
we should be going for – cultivate humans. CLAPPING Q: Dr. Sheva I am very concerned about the
rural to urban migration that is happening throughout the planet. I work in poverty reduction
in many less industrialized countries and the rural population is just migrating
to urban centers because they want a better life for their children. They want social services – whatever. You know that's true. And I uh – the prediction is now, I forget in how many
years, but 80% of the world's population will be living in urban centers. And this to me
is very worrisome. Do you have any thoughts on this? A: You know when I went to Rio in 1992, Brazil
had removed most of its rural populations. And India still had 80% on the land. Why did
Indian farmers still own the land? Because every policy made sure they had dignity and
faneous and security. Every policy. What's happened with globalization is that
– agriculture is being made deliberately unviable. Its independent and if its on the
small scale and when I started to work on the WTO Treaties I remember reading one of your earlier USDA – US Secretaries of
Agriculture who said we've got to squeeze out the farmer like you squeeze out toothpaste from a tube. Why this policy to get rid of farmers? Its actually Lutzenberger who used to be the minister of Brazil who had come as a guest in the year 1993 and organized very, very
big rally – 500 thousand – half a million farmers to say agriculture should not be in WTO. And we have these 500 thousand farmers and Joseph is sitting next to me and he is saying now I understand why they want to get rid
of the peasant. Because the peasant is the last remaining – human community who works with the earthen freedom. That in – small
scale agriculture you really are co-creators and co-producers. So it is one if you get rid of them then you
have a market – bigger market for bigger machines for I didn't carry this newspaper,
but the brave new world is these 50 combined harvesters moving together in one field. But besides the market it is part of that
logic of control. The same logic that makes you think that every insect must be killed because it's a potential enemy. Every plant that is
not a commodity must be wiped out with this spray. It's a weed and that same logic says
the – at that time it was 70% people on the land. About 50% now and you are projecting to – 80%. You should see the World Bank papers – you should read the World Bank papers. Deliberately
creating a policy and then converting that policy as a natural phenomena.
There is nothing natural about the rural to urban migration. It's artificial in making
agriculture unviable. And it artificial in pushing people off including the land rab. You know by the time land rab in Africa is done where
will those people go? They will go to the slums of the cities – not
a very natural phenomena and again coming back to the young people I know so many young people – in India my entire is young people who left the city to work in villages. Young farmers and here there is a whole new movement called the new agrarians. And they are smart. And they are going to change
the laws and they are going to change the structures to re-populate the American countryside. Richard Heinberg and I have done a calculation
and we need at least 50% people on the land. Not just to produce food, but to take
care of the soil to harvest the water. To ensure that the ecosystems are managed
because the countryside is not just a supply of it is the very basis of life. Thanks. CLAPPING Q: Nervous just standing here. I am so impressed
by the energy – held all of us in today so – thank you its great to see you not through
pixels on my computer screen so – for several years I have been involved in the
transition movement and now I have been involved in a actually creating a book on
sacred hunting and mindful hunting. I am a little nervous saying that in front
of a Naropa crowd. LAUGHING Uh – and it – ok – closer – oh god. So…one of the tensions I have sat with is
I have thought about how to bring this cycle of reverence and gratitude and connection to the – to the cycle of food and redefining
what life is to plants and animals that we have
7 billion people on the planet and a lot of those
people do live urbanely – so how can we help educate them or connect them into that
cycle so they can feel empowered to make a choice so they can't have access? A: Most people – in urban areas are also participating
in the transition I mean just look at Boulder. The Hotel where I am put up it says
all our food is locally sourced. And that is happening. Now just like with consciousness we create
watershed. We decide that this city's water comes from this river and so we will protect it. We need to do the same with food. We need to think of food chains. Just because cities need food doesn't mean you get it from 12
thousand miles away. And then do all kinds of stuff to make it
travel that long. You know fruit today because it travels so
far is no more fruit. I once left fruit in my suitcase for three
months and it had not rotted. Not fruit from India, fruit someone had given me while I was traveling. And I – you know they give me fruit on the
plane and been with – you shouldn't have to use a fork and knife to eat a fruit, but you
can bite into it – you use a fork and knife and its going all over the place. LAUGHING They are literally breeding rocks because
only rocks can survive that kind of trap. LAUGHING So we have to become local but local can change
you know village local is – just a few hundred – few miles out – a big city local
can be 100 kilometers. But that's the kind of redesign that is becoming imperative for three reasons. First because that globalized long
distance transport with the food miles is causing so much damage to the atmosphere – the
whole greenhouse issue. Second because what is being produced from it is damaging our
body. Its no more food and third because it is killing work. We will need more people in the food system. And that will only happen when these more
intimate chains that are called zero kilometer in Italy they have a whole policy framework
for zero kilometer. Get it as close from home as you can. Get your schools to get local.
Get farmers markets to grow. And once we start planning in the food shed then the
local can be a bigger local for a bigger city in addition of course we need to turn cities into produces of food and humanity is just
waking up to the fact that a terrace, a garden a rooftop, a balcony can produce so much so we must all become seed savers and gardeners and doesn't matter the scale doesn't matter
– the principle matters. It could be one seed in one part. That one seed will give you 10
tomatoes. And then you will save those seeds and you get thousand tomatoes. And you
share them with your friends and that is how we will spread this movement. CLAPPING Q: Dr. Sheva first I'd like to express my
profound gratitude for your lifetime of work. You are an inspiration to so many of us. CLAPPING Last month at the behest of the UN there was
a large march where people were told to come to quote change everything. The goal
of the special summit on climate change was to catalyze action towards a binding UN climatary
next year in Paris. Many critics especially from the left has criticized this
approach and called for pushing of resources away from large NGOs in grand parades for
doing something about climate change towards frontline communities as a true strategy
for the achievement of climate justice. I was hoping that you might share some of
your ideas on where the climate justice movement should move now that we have had
this great big parade? LAUGHING A: I am a deep believer in diversity including
diversity of movements. While, seeing clearly where delusions substitute
real solutions. I played a very big role in the UN Treaties
– both the convention and biological diversity as well as the framing at that time in Rio
at the Climate Treaty. There was a binding treaty – there is a binding treaty it needs
the porscue to negotiations and I feel very sad that president Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize flew into Copenhagen to destroy the
treaty. He got hold of India, China, Brazil, South Africa – and US and said let's forget
the treaty – lets a have a warrantry political
agreement amongst ourselves while the rest of the people – the countries when they are negotiating inside and that is when Eva Morales, the
President of – uh Bolivia stood up and gave a speech – he said I thought we were here
to defend the rights of mother earth? This is being introduced to defending the
rights of the polluters. I am going to go back – to Bolivia and call a meeting of citizens from across the world – to draft a declaration on the rights of mother earth and climate change.
And he did that. And out of that has grown this movement on the rights of mother
earth. Uh definitely the frontline communities come first. But we can't say let there be no treaty – we need that too. If some big NGOs can call people and instead of a hundred thousand, 450 thousand gather those 450 thousand have got in part.
And ultimately because I trained in quantum theory – quantum theory says that there is
neither – that there is no either or. We need all of the civic energy. Some will
organize in one – some will organize in other ways. Its time to start putting our energies
in dividing further. Its time to put our energies to build this
collective human — uh resistance rooted in compassion. That generates the power – to force governments
and the UN to perform their duties, which they are so for, sure. CLAPPING Q: Many of the changes that I see you kind
of calling to the people to make uh align with parma culture principles as well and I was wondering if you could speak to – uh what
you see the role of perma culture being and kind
of a shift from uh agriculture and mono cultures and uh annuals in particular and
shifting into perennial agriculture and shifting the way that we view food as a you know a
yearly thing that we grow and then it – dies and then we don't have to do the same thing
year after year, but creating this perennial system that will continue to flourish for
many years? A: You know there are so many streams uh of
ecological agriculture. Perma culture, bio, organic, natural it's huge. The pluralism
is huge. And one of – the issues that has emerged and its been accepted by the United
Nations – the food and agriculture organization in fact just two weeks ago organized
a whole conference on this and for those who are interested should read the report
which I call the IPC of Agriculture. It's the international Agriculture – Assessment
of Agriculture Science Technology for Development – IASTD. And all agencies, all
movements as basically talking about agri- coligical principles that are the umbrella
that connect all of these different initiatives. Now all agriculture before industrial agriculture
was based on part perenniality. Livestock, trees, animals in an amazing symbiosis.
Trees had to be chopped for the machines and when I fly over India – I know
the ground. I know where green revolution came. And I know where it didn't come. And
when you fly you can really see the difference. Green revolution areas have no
trees. And where they didn't reach – its full of
trees to the extent when you fly over Canada – you can't see the ground. Because their systems are based on perenniality. You can't have
perenniality – only perenniality in something like rice but trees again are an important – sacred tree as I must tell you the story.
So more than 300 years ago – the kings men came to chop down a tree called the Cagery. A few centuries before that a saint had taught the
people that they must protect nature. And a religion got born called Bisnkowy – 29 rules.
These 29 rules are – of compassion. Protect this – the black – protect the cagery
– build water harvesting systems – it has such amazing harvesting systems in the dessert and there was this woman called…when the
soldiers to cut the tree in front of her she said you can't cut it. You will have to chop
my head before you take the tree. They chopped their head. And then her two daughters came – 290 something
people gave their lives for the sacred cagery. It was the first – and then the other
chip of course came in my time 40 years ago. So – trees have been very important to farming
because in the way of the tractors. Now we got to say bye bye to fossil fuels and
that the trees flourish again. CLAPPING Q: Hi, my question comes from being a recent
graduate of my undergrad and coming from a place where it was really easy to uh
– I had a really good space to create awareness for causes that were really important to me
and I had time uh and energy to do – to support more than one cause and uh being in
a place now where I have chosen my path and my priorities to be that of good cause
but not necessarily of uh – of the earth and doing that but still feeling really strongly
about that – my question is what can I do and other young people that may have another path that they are following but feel really
strongly about this issue do to help the – to help further the cause? Aside from necessarily
you know obviously buying only organic and local and trying our best to have our own
little gardens and things like that – what can we do uh in small ways to influence our
governmental systems and our policies and stuff like that? A: As I said – the food system is so rich
and so inviting that every kind of service we can bring to it – it welcomes – the earth will wait for any service. Some of it could be
actually taking care of the soil or actually taking
care of seed. Some of it could be working with the local town council to create the kind of bylaws that allow local farmers to get
markets. I know there are towns where one little change makes the entire town a garden. Most importantly in this period – all positive
change will come through communities – earth communities, creating human communities
to work with local government and local institutions. That is where change is coming
and it's so fertile. I think JoAnna mentioned it this morning about the towns and city councils
making so much change. In Europe, in Italy uh where I work with a
number of regions because – the you know the European union at the top is very much part
of these structures, but at the local level a number of councils have declared they will not allow poisons in their region. They will allow no GMOs. If GMOs were stopped
in Europe it is because communities, councils and regions said we will be GMO free.
Left to Europe in commission, which is influenced by 800 lobbyists of Monsanto – they have had GMOs by now. So it's from the bottom up and there are all kinds of levels.
So you know depending on what – what you are doing where you feel passionate just find
the place. And it's really like – its like beads in a garden. No one bead – is a bigger
player in making that garden. And I think that was the song we heard this morning actually
but its the thread that connects us and the thread that connects us is A the reality
of being – us being part of the web of life and earth community and be the consciousness of it. Thank you. CLAPPING Q: Good evening. I have for a long time not
understood the concept of land banks where the United States government pays farmers
to not grow food. I don't know if this is pervasive around the world, but can you address
that issue of literally putting a bank so it just grows non food and they get paid for it? A: You know the food system is no more a food
system. I in fact go further and say it's not even a known food system. Its an anti
food system. Because its disrupting those ecological processes that are food in the
web of life. Part of is that food was never the concern
except in advertising. In advertising its over present. Feeding the world is the constant refrain. But the whole subsidy structure is
linked to growing commodities not food. So we have more and more food and more and
more commodities and less and less food and this model is being exported uh you know
India was a land of small farms, diversity – if you travel Europe, you travel Africa, you travel India – you see hybrid corn because
we don't allow GMO corn. Hybrid corn. Where does that corn grow chicken
feed? All grown in the name of feeding people. If you are growing anything we are growing
subsidies. Yes. But basically whatever is being done
to land is to collect subsidies and some subsidies are for set aside don't grow anything.
Some are to grow a commodity and I was shocked – I just finished a new book, which
will be out this November called, Who Really Feeds the World? And I was looking at land grab and how much
fertile land is going out of agriculture – in the United States 50% of the land that farmers are using they are having to lease from the banks. They are not the owners anymore. And about 50% of the cost of cultivation is
the rental for the land. So here were peasants and farmers and families whose land it was
– who have lost it because of debt for chemicals, machines – and now they continue
to have to work – but having to pay the banks. And this is a very serious situation.
I mean I think with deeper consciousness not with that kind of violent – reversal – I do
think we need a radical compassion agenda for A) seed to reclaim the seed as the basis of life and put an end to this – force creation
method of Monsanto having created the seed and therefore owning the patent. The second is we do need to relate to the
earth as our mother. And not the commodity that it has become,
which is leaving lesser and lesser people as having access to land and land getting more and more concentrated in the hands of
financial institutions. So these are two very big agendas for transformation
of the future. Thank you. CLAPPING I think you and you and that should be the
end. Q: Hopefully mine will be quick. First of
all you are awesome! Thank you for being here. We didn't have that word when I was young. LAUGHING My question is something that I am noticing
from having gone to JoAnna Macy's talk earlier and hearing yours is that I tend to
not really pay attention to the news so much and what is happening in the world and part of that is because I really don't want to know
and I am just really curious where you get your
news and how you keep yourself up to date with what is going on in the world. A: I don't get my news from news because there
is no news anymore. CLAPPING I was just told that if you Google me you
get the attacks on me. And because Google takes money – to put items high up. Uh so you would imagine that Mr. Miller who
was used to destroy California's laboring law – who uh what he thinks about me is the
most important thing in the world! How do I get my news? My first news – comes
from participation. So when we lose more than 291 thousand farmers to suicide
with the system of monopoly on seed and control of seed its because I actually go
to those areas. And work with the farmers. Yes, which is why when they attack me to say
I am lying about the suicides I just continue to go back with compassion, with
love to create alternatives – I should have brought this wonderful story we make with
organic seeds, organic production and then handspun, hand woven cloth. None violence at every level. Uh the second
place where you get news is when – when you work with the deep concern and care there
are people who send you information. I will tell you a Monsanto person leaked to
me information about just before I wrote my Water Wars that they wanted to privatize water. Came from there. And when you become a community then just
like life flows then real information flows. Not the manipulated propaganda. So we have
two kinds of flows just now. And – the interesting thing is that the propaganda
machine has never been bigger. But the real information flow people to people
has also never been bigger. And that is what we must increase. CLAPPING Q: I also want to appreciate you in a very
deep heart felt way for who you are at this time. Very important for you to be here now. Thank you. I live here now. I am part of the edible foodscapes
grass roots working group and we are collaborating with many entities within the
city to create edible foodscapes here on both private and public lands and the organization
recently completed a tremendous fruit rescue uh so we went around and picked fruit
from trees all over the city. So on the one hand I am very optimistic and I see the uprising.
One the other hand, my homeland is California and right now California is dying
literally bit by bit. Because of climate change and effects in the
ocean and the atmosphere. Realistically, I would like to ask you what you think of our
window of opportunity is if you have anything that you can offer? A: Well you know when you look on the very
big picture its usually difficult to find a window. What I have learned in my 40 years of work – is look for the things you can do
in your context. What is the instruction from the earth? What
is your service to community? And it might not look like the whole big thing
will be addressed by it. But when you take authentic action with authentic compassion,
which means both the awareness of the interconnection as well as a commitment to protect the web of life in your influence. Uh – things grow. When I started to save seeds – all I knew is I had to protect the seed
from this patenting and genetic modification. It
is – that is the commitment I made. I didn't know we would build the biggest organic network
of farmers in India. I didn't know through it we would build another
economy. That an agriculture minister starts to take seriously. And see this is
the way – to get out of desertification. This is the way to get out of the subsidy trap. So while we need an awareness of what's going wrong
at the big level, we must see the spaces where we act in concrete on the basis of right
action and right livelihood and the rest will grow. We've got to let trust guide us. The
days of blue prints are over. Where you know what should be created as a
blue print before you start acting, which is to start walking. And as often said you know the path is made by walking. We have got
to start walking the path of being part of an earth community. Shaping an earth
democracy. And bit by bit it will grow because it as I always say the illusion of Atlas
caring the earth on his shoulder – what will I do? How will we save the world? We don't
have to save the world. We don't have to save the earth. She will save herself. We've –
what we've to do is serve her. To prevent harm. Thank you so much. CLAPPING

24 thoughts on “"Earth Democracy" with Vandana Shiva, PhD

  • "They" know they are (fukking) up the Earth, and that is why they want to go to Mars and they will have to pollute Mars to grow crops.

  • If you look for info on Wikipedia on Dr Shiva you wil find this: Occupation Philosopher, environmentalist, author, professional speaker, social activist, pseudoscience…
    Why PSEUDOSCIENCE??…
    Also, her awards are not shown complete: Wikipedia only shows 3: Awards Right Livelihood Award (1993)
    Sydney Peace Prize (2010)
    Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize (2012)

    When at her website is this on awards list:
    The Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993)
    Order of the Golden Ark (1993)
    Global 500 Roll of Honour, UNEP (1993)
    Earth Day International Award (1993)
    Lennon ONO Grant for Peace Award by Yoko Ono (2009)
    Sydney Peace Prize (2010)
    Doshi Bridgebuilder Award (2011)
    Calgary Peace Prize (2011)
    Thomas Merton Award in (2011)
    The Fukuoka Award (2012)
    The Prism of Reason Award (2012)

    ?? why they lie?

  • We are the last generation here on this planet earth in this drama cycle, which is of 5000 years of duration. God Shiva has already come, in the year 1936., to establish the new Golden-aged kingdom of paradise and to destroy this old, corrupted, dirty hell in which all, the human beings and the animals experience suffering and sorrow. He says to each and every human soul, His child, this one method for the purification of the soul so, it should be imbibed firmly within us, before that last and final destruction of this old world takes place. God Shiva says, "My sweet child, consider yourself to be a body-less soul, a star-like point of light, and remember Me, the Supreme Father, the Supreme Soul, God Shiva alone, in My eternal form of the star-like point of light and all your already accumulated sins will be dispelled through this easy remembrance and you will be able to return back home with Me. That's it! For those who are interested for more of this spiritual knowledge called the easy Raja Yoga or the original Gita, visit brahmakumaris.org pmtv.in

  • I love you Dr Shiva and I've got something VERY important and exciting to share with you. The product that my team and I have developed is akin to the spinning wheel. With this simple yet diverse and thoughtful product, the people of the world can create all of the food, water and energy they need to thrive. Of course, with permaculture, they can as well… our product is but one example of permaculture. What's more important about our offer is the passion and energy behind it. We are committed to changing the trend and we know HOW. Please email me [email protected] this is what my life is all about!

  • Vandana Shiva is my heroine. Thanks so much for your courage and for everything that you have done and continue to do for the earth and future generations!!! Wake up world!

  • Oozing “Indianness,” Shiva sports a massive bindi, the religious symbol turned largely ornamental accessory, far larger than what most Indian women would ever wear.

  • Yes, she's right about the non beings claiming to be beings and then claiming the right to destroy beings. Annunaki are those non beings and have been doing genetic experiments on us for 300,000 years.

  • Dear Dr. Shiva, Your speech is so full of wisdom and hope, thank you. We have worked alongside one another on these issues internationally over the past twenty years. If I may, I would like to help to correct the legend that accompanies your speech at the bottom of the screen. I see there are some errors, which is a shame. It would be important to keep your message here clear for all listeners in the future. Please contact me. Blessings, namaskar

  • Citizens are complacent from adverse health effects of environmental pollution – unable to discern information, brain overwhelmed. Stress from chronic illness of family members ….
    Is India subject to chemtrails?

  • I find her to be an inspired and inspirational person, passionate about the work she does and the work to be done, with a very strong conviction in what she says. However, I find it disappointing that she does not talk about ethical veganism, the importance and adverse effects of animal agriculture, and the hazardous impact of the dairy industry on the planet and its health. She even alludes to carrying out tests on animals to ensure food safety (!!!). With all the passion and conviction about saving the seed, motherism, loving the earth, empowerment of women, embracing the feminine, she seems to completely miss the point about animal liberation and the importance of stopping ALL animal agriculture not only for the sake of the planet but also because speciesism is the root of all modern evil. She speaks powerfully against "biopiracy",patenting life forms, genetic engineering and even recounts alludes to the Dalai Lama note about "all beings have a right to happiness and no being has the right to take that happiness away". Yet, she includes dairy as part of organic farming. Rejecting speciesism is the most holistic way forward.

  • I am in such appreciation for her that,  if ever  there were an opportunity to meet her in person, tears would just start streaming down my face.  She embodies such love, compassion, courage, good humour and sharp intelligence  in the service of life and livingness that I long for all that to be so .   Having now said that publicly, it strikes me deeply that that IS the job of today.Waiting  or longing for it to be true outside myself or ourselves is the wrong view.  It can only start by learning how to create it
    within, admittedly no minor challenge.

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