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Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  36 reviews

A leading voice in the struggle for global justice, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental activist and physicist. In Earth Democracy, Shiva updates the struggles she helped bring to international attention—against genetic food engineering, culture theft, and natural resource privatization-—uncovering their links to the rising tide of fundamentalism, violence aga
Paperback, 205 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by South End Press
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Chris Van Dyke
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: political
While I agreed with most of the ideas this book was promoting, I felt that it was badly organized and highly repetitive. I also felt that Shiva was guilty of over-romanticizing the past, as she seems to suggest that, before the rise of capitalism and industrialization, there was some workers utopia, with farmers and laborers connecting to their non-commodified duties. Reading her book, you would think that exploitation was invented by modernization, rather than merely taken to a greater extreme. ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The ideas in this book are brilliant, foundational, and very important. Shiva focuses on a few of the ways globalization and the global elite are devastating life for the rest of the planet - the destruction of biodiversity, the privatization of water, the takeover of food production, and the incalculable harm being caused to the planet.

I really appreciated the distinction she draws between the 3 different economies in play in the world: the natural economy (the work done by nature to provide re
I love Vandana Shiva's environmental and food-related philosophies, and have wanted to read her for a while. Earth Democracy, while definitely resonating with me philosophically, was a little too touchy-feely and unfocused in my opinion. Nonetheless, the book added to my knowledge base, and intertwined the concepts it claims in its title into an intelligent argument for greater consciousness of the multiple costs modern practices inflict on people and our world.
May 20, 2012 added it
Shelves: lit-project-list
Yet another book I'm reading now...The first part is very general - a lot of moralistic-stand-up-against-injustice platitudes. But it starts to get better once she traces some of the history behind environmental destruction, exploitation, and injustice. If you're loyal to the Brits, this might cause you some earth-shattering discomfort.
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
This reads like a speech given to the United Nations Council or at some other world conference dedicated to saving us all, or a sermon at an eco-revival. Her writing is strong, clear-headed and to the point, no punches pulled, and if McCain had chosen her for his veep pick, I would be a republican now.
Jun 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ppl who want to learn more about globalization and GMO
A passionate indictment of capitalism from a human rights and ecologist perspective. Her most powerful chapter is her first, where she deftly points out the market economy's reliance on (and Faustian destruction of) the living economies of nature and sustenance.
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good leftist perspective on the sustainability and the nature of free-market capitalism, democracy, and free trade. There is some really interesting commentary on intellectual property rights, international patent law, and movements in agriculture to counter free trade and globalization.
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this for my ecofeminism class, and it was really interesting. Even more so than Shiva's other books, it really outlines what an alternative system (Earth Democracy) looks like. Informative and Inspiring.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wish Shiva would give more concrete examples instead of repeating herself so much, but it was very nice reading a book on development that was optimistic and provided a framework of solutions. The framework can be a bit vague, but the point is that one-size-does-not-fit-all.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Some radical and different ways of thinking which I could agree with. But her writing style is very repetitive, and her proposal for an alternative economic system sometimes feels idealistic without the a clear theoretical basis for its potential success.
Colleen Mccreight
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-justice
It is a really good book. Important to read to be informed about the issues.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
she's brilliant, but this book is repetitive and plodding.
Julia Glassman
Jan 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Everything she has to say is fantastic, but she didn't say it very well in this particular book.
Carianne Ragozzino
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Vandana Shiva is one of the most profound voices in the contemporary environmental movement. When reading this book, be prepared to get angry.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Vandana Shiva provides great eco-feminist analysis on imperialist capitalist destruction of environments and livelihoods.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: skeptics
This is brilliant, people power. We can make a difference. She tells it like it is.
"We consider the evolutionary potential of all life on earth and re-embed human welfare in our home, our community, and the earth family. Ecological security is our most basic security; ecological identities are our most fundamental identity. We are the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe. And reclaiming democratic control over our food and water and our ecological survival is the necessary project
Maria Aprile
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Surprisingly, I loved Shiva's book. She talks in circles a bit, but I enjoy, her almost stream of consciousness reflection on sustainability issues. Her writing style is either a love or hate relationship. It's very florid. Of course, its this that I love about it. It's a love letter to humankind about the earth, and the grievous wounds we have caused her. I think the earth should be held dear to our hearts as human beings. As I reflecting in my reading of the book, if we treated our mothers the ...more
Claire S
Sep 13, 2009 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Claire by: Via 'This is what democracy looks like' primarily
Having seen multiple films lately about the WTO Seattle event, and remembering the 00 election - so affected by Nader - and then of course living through everything since as well, I'm really interested in learning what those who have been fully involved in these efforts throughout this time are thinking since the Iraq occupation and everything else.. Seems like the whole context has changed hugely now atleast 3 times since Seattle (9/11, Iraq, Global Recession) and so am wondering what the progr ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed by this book. The author made a very good case for the evils of big-ag and privatized water (topics of other books she's written). But, she also tried to say that free trade/global business was the root of all evil. I generally agree that those are both bad for the world; but they're the cause of genocide, slavery, and poverty? Last time I checked, those things happened for a long time before giant multi-national corporations were established. Overall I agree with her ma ...more
Mellissa Riddle
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Vandana Shiva presents conflicts which are perpetuated by present and flawed economic models. Models that in their polarized habits fail to account for the whole value chain of our global economy. In addressing the dilema of sustainability in varrying forms, Shiva evokes solutions to these economic models; which ultimately prescribes an equalibrium of economics and consumerism, so that all humans have the right to sustenance and to security of our shared ecological space. I find her words insigh ...more
La scrittrice, nota ambientalista, famosa in tutto il mondo racconta le vicende degli indiani dell'India e di come la povertà per gli interessi dei pochi e delle multinazionali.
Il libro si presta più a un saggio e per chi non è esperto in materia potrebbe essere molto frainteso.
Il libro è raccontato dalla penna di chi lotta tutti i giorni contro la povertà, la sostenibilità ed una economia stabile, circolare e a portata di tutti.
Car Mint
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ผืนดินเปนของสวนรวม ซึงไมใชสวนรวมของมนุษย หากแตเปนสวนรวมของสรรพชีวิตบนโลกนี
หนังสือ Earth Democracy ของ Vandana Shiva ไดตังคำถามกับสังคมมนุษยวา "หากเรายังปลอยใหเปนไปเชนนี ทายสุดแลวมนุษยอาจจะเดือดรอนดวยศรทียอนกลับมาทำรายตัวเอง !"

Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I agree with many of Ms. Shiva's sentiments, the writing style of this book was a definate turn-off. It was equivalent to a 200 page speech in which she is pounding her fist. I was really bothered by her referencing also. She frequently cited her own previous publications rather than original sources of ideas/quotes.
Jeffrey Hake
Mar 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Another book I didn't finish, but this time because Vandana Shiva's tone is caustic and misleading. I read the introduction and then got tired of her pushing her pet projects on me and not really explaining or backing up what she felt were the problems of the world.
I don't find her the easiest to read (probably partly because I'm American and baffled by extensive descriptions of specifics of politics and ecology of a country I've never been do), but I wish everyone had read this book.
Lisa Meredith
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must read!
Oct 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
her politics i agree with, her research and discussions of indian ag and gmo's i learn a lot from, her writing i find easily digestible and organized.
Nov 26, 2007 added it
I totally love Vandana Shiva
Jul 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: friends
really interesting point of view. build my broader perspective about economy. can't tell a lot now, am still reading it.
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A major figurehead of the alter-globalization movement as well as a major role player in global Ecofeminism, Dr. Vandana Shiva is recipient to several awards for her services in human rights, ecology and conservation. Receiving her Ph.D in physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1978, Dr. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns.
“In nature's economy the currency is not money, it is life.” 83 likes
“Whenever we engage in consumption or production patterns which take more than we need, we are engaging in violence.” 58 likes
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