Happy Earth Day! In honor of this important day, I want to give a brief overview of the book I just finished; Earth Democracy by Vandana Shiva. I also want to provide resources to other thought-provoking articles and films about the environment.
Earth Democracy is Vandana Shiva's manifesto of a reformed global food economy. She points out three different types of economies:
1. The Market Economy, which is essentially capitalism.
2. Nature's Economy, which is the natural resources of a particular region (i.e. plants, water, and animals)
3. Sustenance Economy, which works directly with Nature's economy to responsibly use our natural resources to sustain (sustain being the important word here) life.
Shiva gives hundreds of examples of how the market economy is not a sustainable economy, and how most often the negative effects fall on the global south; specifically the poor and women. The market economy depends on the nature and sustenance economy, but treats them as expendable and disposable. Shiva dives deep into the negative effects of corporate global privatization of natural resources, such as rivers, seeds, and land. I would highly recommend this book!
“Whenever we engage in consumption or production patterns which take more than we need, we are engaging in violence.”
“The fight for truth...is not just our right as free citizens of free societies. It is our duty as citizens of the earth.”
"Earth Democracy connects people in circles of care, cooperation, and compassion instead of dividing them through competition and conflict, fear and hatred."
"Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates."
Other Earth Day Resources
Ted Radio Hour podcast: Everything is connected
This Changes Everything - a book and documentary by Naomi Klein
Forget Shorter Showers - short and eye opening
The True Cost - a film about the fashion industry
The Cross of the Moment - a great interview style documentary about the science and facts behind climate change (I do wish there was more diversity in this video, there is a lot of white maleness going on)
-Start by "liking" local environmental groups on social media, then you can be up to date on events and lectures in your area.
-Eat locally, eat less processed foods with lots of packaging, ride your bike, and compost.
-Stop drinking soda, it has no nutritional value and creates a horrifying amount of waste and water source destruction. (I'm guilty of the occasional diet coke and I'm really trying to stop all together)
-Maybe sign up for a CSA box from a local farm!
-Agitate corporate capitalism! Maybe take part in a protest like this one
-Buy less, reuse, shop at thrift stores, learn where different brands stand on environmental and human rights issues.
-Get outside! Connect with the beautiful earth that you are a part of!
-Be a co-producer, not a consumer! You were made for more than to just work, consume, and die. Be a part of the earth community.
Check out my library to see what I've been reading!