With the constant global focus on economic growth and financial bottom lines, renown environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva reminds us of the true currency of this earth. In Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, she explains, “in nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.”
Like many scientists turned environmental activists, she now fights for the preservation of life. Specifically, the need to defend the soil from the disastrous chemicals we are polluting it with, and advocating for a more balanced approach to the environment. Better alternatives do exist! It is not a question of whether or not we can still feed the world (we can). Rather, can we shift our perspective when it come to our relationship with nature.
We have everything to gain (and lose) from how we treat the earth. We can apply what we have learned and take the sustainable path. It will however require significant democratic change.
Time For Change
Dr. Shiva regularly highlights the dangers of our current industrialized food systems (see video below), and its threat on the natural balance that sustains life. To move beyond this incredibly dangerous practice will require better awareness.
Unfortunately, more often than not, decisions are being made not out of what’s in the sustainable best interest of people and the planet, but for short term financial gain. As a result, concerned citizens need to become actively involved in the democratic process.
The good news is, there are already a great many people & organizations committed to conservation, preservation, and sustainability. We can no longer remain complacent with the status quo. The current industrialized practices are much too dangerous for that. Instead, we can join & support those who actively defend nature. This is how we can save both democracy and ourselves. It is definitely worth your time and participation.