£24.99 | $40.95

26 November 2005
ISBN: 9781842777770
224 pages


Environment, Politics

Earth Democracy

Justice, Sustainability and Peace

Vandana Shiva

A leading voice in struggles for global justice, Vandana Shiva is a world renowned environmental activist and physicist. With Earth Democracy, her most extensive treatment of the struggles she helped bring to international attention-genetic food engineering, cultural theft, and natural resource privatization-Shiva uncovers their link to the rising tide of fundamentalisms, violence against women, and planetary death.

Starting in the 16th century with the initial enclosure of the British commons, Shiva reveals how the commons continue to shrink as more natural resources are patented and privatized. As our ecological sustainability and cultural diversity erode, so too is human life rendered disposable. Through the forces of neoliberal globalization, economic and social exclusion ignite violence across lines of difference, threatening the lives of millions.

Yet these brutal extinctions are not the only trend shaping human history. Struggles on the streets of Seattle and Cancún and in homes and farms across the world, have yielded a set of principles based on inclusion, nonviolence, reclaiming the commons, and freely sharing the earth's resources. These ideals, which Shiva calls Earth Democracy, serve as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future.


'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.