Earth Day 2011 with VANDANA SHIVA AND MAUDE BARLOW
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Vandana Shiva, world-renowned environmental leader, feminist and thinker from India. Maude Barlow, Chair of the Board of Canada’s Food and Water Watch.
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The week of Earth Day, April 22, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly discussed international standards that grant nature equal rights to humans. Similar protocols have been adopted by over a dozen U.S. municipalities, as well as Bolivia and Ecuador. Renowned environmentalists Maude Barlow and Vandana Shiva join us. Vandana Shiva says, “Most civilizations of the world, for most of human history, have seen the world in terms of relatedness and connection. And if there’s one thing the rights of Mother Earth is waking us to, is: we are all connected.”
Maude Barlow said, “We eventually want the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth to be a companion piece to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
On Earth Day 2011, Democracy Now! spoke to Vandana Shiva, the prominent environmental leader, feminist and thinker from India about the nuclear catastrophe in Japan and what it has meant for India.”We have a very, very strong anti-nuclear movement in India,” Shiva said. The anti-nuclear movement has gained momentum recently over efforts to stop the construction of a new six-reactor nuclear power station on the coastal plains of Jaitapur, India, in an area known for mango and cashew production. On April 18, Indian police opened fire on hundreds of protesters at a demonstration against the nuclear power plant, killed one person. More than 20 people were arrested.Maude Barlow, head of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization.Barlow is also co-founder of the Blue Planet Project and chair of the board of Food and Water Watch. She is the author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.Vandana Shiva, world-renowned environmental leader, feminist and thinker from India. She is author of many books, including Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development.