Vandana Shiva is well known as an environmental activist. Her books Soil not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity (2009); Manifestoes on the Future of Food & Seed (2007); Globalization’s New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms (2005); Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, & Profit (2002); and Protect or Plunder? Understanding Intellectual Property Rights (2001); Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply (2000) are testimony to her commitment and her sustained work in the area. A recipient of the Right to Livelihood Award (1993) and the Sydney Peace Prize (2010), it makes sense to listen to her when she sounds alarm bells, this time through Women Unlimited, Delhi, in the evocatively titled Making Peace with the Earth: Beyond Resource, Land and Food wars.
When we think of wars in our times, we think of Iraq and Afghanistan, but the bigger war is the on-going war against the earth. In fact, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya can be seen as wars for the earth’s resources, especially oil. The war against the earth has its roots in an economy which fails to respect ecological and ethical limits – limits to inequality, to injustice, to greed. Making Peace with the Earth bears witness to the wars taking place in our times against the earth and people. It also tells the stories of struggles to defend the earth and people’s rights to land and water, forests, seeds and biodiversity. It outlines how a paradigm shift to earth-centred economics, politics and culture is our only chance of survival.
In our Environmental Studies and Strategic Affairs sections, in paperback, 288 pages. Rs 375. ISBN: 9788188965755