Making Peace with the Earth

2010 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, Dr Vandana Shiva

Is it our thoughts that cause environmental degradation? If so, we can change our thoughts. Over those we have control. Was the green revolution a mistake? Did it destroy agricultural diversity?

Dr Shiva states: “If commerce starts to undermine life support, then commerce must stop, because life must carry on.”

Bhutan is measuring gross national happiness as its official indicator, having rejected gross domestic product (GDP) as being “heavily biased towards increased production and consumption, regardless of the necessity or desirability of such outputs, at the expense of other more holistic criterion”.

Bolivia has prepared a declaration of the rights of mother earth and is working to have it adopted by the United Nations as a universal declaration of the rights of mother earth.

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