£26.99 | $42.95

26 November 2005
ISBN: 9781842777770
224 pages



Earth Democracy

Justice, Sustainability and Peace

By Vandana Shiva

A leading voice in the environmental movement, Vandana Shiva has played a key role in bringing the struggles for social and ecological justice to international attention. Earth Democracy remains one of her key works, in which she addresses some of the most pressing issues of our age – the privatization of our natural resources, the looming environmental crisis, and the rising tide of fundamentalism and violence against women. Shiva sees these developments as part of a long-running historical process, by which the global commons has been steadily eroded by the increasing commodification of our shared resources. In spite of all this, Shiva still sees cause for hope. Across the globe, a new wave of protest movements are championing alternatives based on inclusion, nonviolence, the free sharing of resources and the reclamation of the commons. Shiva argues that these ideals can serve as the basis for ‘earth democracy’.


'Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.' -The Progressive 'One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.' -The Guardian 'A leading thinker who has eloquently blended her views on the environment, agriculture, spirituality, and women's rights into a powerful philosophy.' - Utne Reader 'In Earth Democracy, Shiva provides us with yet another commanding book that evaluates the fragile relationships between man and the environment.' - Caroline Vail, The Ecologist

Table of Contents

1. Principles of Earth Democracy
2. Living Economies
3. Living Democracies
4. Living Cultures
5. Earth Democracy in Action

About the Author:

Vandana Shiva is a leading environmental leader and thinker. She is the author of many books, including Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit; Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. In 1993, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). She is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin.