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The World is Not a Machine: Redefining Power Structures

Dr. Vandana Shiva - photo by Victoria Fenner

Today's program is the second of three recordings we did at the 5th Annual Tommy Douglas Institute on May 31, 2017 at George Brown College in Toronto.

This year, the Tommy Douglas Institute challenged all of us to rethink our multiple connections and growing responsibilities to the natural world; to reclaim our communities and democracies from those who deny climate change and their allies; and to respect the rights of an environment that is inseparable from the rights and dignity of all its peoples.

Today's program is a keynote address by Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the most prominent thinkers and philosophers on the topic of food security. She's an environmental justice activist, eco-feminist, scholar and author, she lives and works in India but with strong ties to Canada. In the 1970's, she earned her post graduate degrees at University of Guelph and the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Shiva is the founder/director of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. Her numerous books include: Soil Not Oil:Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis; Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability and Peace; Water Wars; and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. She has served as an adviser to governments and NGOs in India and abroad, including the International Forum on Globalization, The Women's Environment and Development Organization, the Third World Network, and Prince Charles' expert group on sustainable agriculture.

Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance introduces Dr. Shiva.

Thanks to the Tommy Douglas Institute for allowing us to record, and to Braden Alexander for helping produce this feature for rabble.ca.

Image: Dr. Vandana Shiva. Photo by Victoria Fenner for rabble.ca

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