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Earth Democracy: A Lecture by Vandana Shiva

Dr. Vandana Shiva

“We need to reinvent our eating and drinking, our moving and working, in our local ecosystems and local cultures. Enriching our lives by lowering our consumption, without impoverishing others. And above all, we need to subject the laws that govern production and consumption to the laws of Gaia; the laws of the planet.”

On July 7, 2010 The Center for the Study of Science and Religion will join fellow eco-justice organizations in bringing Vandana Shiva to the Riverside Church in New York City.  Dr. Shiva will speak in South Hall at 6:00p.m. on July 7th.  Guests may enter on either Claremont Ave. or Riverside Dr. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Shiva is a world renowned activist, feminist, environmental leader, and author whose work has focused on connections between poverty, sustainability, agriculture and human rights. Dr. Shiva holds a Ph.D. in Physics, is the author of numerous books and over 300 articles.  Her recent publications include Globalization’s New Wars: Seed, Water and Life FormsEarth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, and Soil Not Oil.  Among many other honors, she has received the Right Livelihood Award (the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) and the Sydney Peace Prize.

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For more information on Dr. Shiva’s work, please visit the website of Navdanya, the agricultural research center and network of small, sustainable farms across India that was founded in 1984 by Dr. Shiva.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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