Dr. Vandana Shiva and Feminist Theory

If we want change, we need to understand some fundamental premises that need to be overhauled

Conference on Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology

by Rachel Brinker

In Hindi, chipko means, “to embrace.”  The Chipko Movement in India became one of the most successful environmental activism struggles in the world.  Vandana Shiva was one of the women involved in this movement, which resisted industrial forestry and logging in rural India.  Local women physically put their bodies between the machinery and the forest that provided their livelihood–literally hugging the trees (Callicott, 218).  The largest success of the Chipko movement was convincing Indira Gandhi, India’s prime minister in 1981, to declare a fifteen-year moratorium on logging in the Himalayan forests in Uttar Pradesh (Callicott, 218).

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a woman whose work is focused on embracing not only the principles of feminism, but also the principles of ecology.  In fact, as an ecofeminist, she sees these two movements as interconnected and believes that the worldview that causes environmental degradation and injustice is the same worldview…

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One response to “Dr. Vandana Shiva and Feminist Theory

  1. “As natural resources become more and more limited on our finite planet, a shift in our worldview will become compulsory. Vandana Shiva’s vision for a combined movement to end oppression of both women and nature is part of the answer to how we can achieve sustainability on this planet and find our place as a species. We must acknowledge that we are part of the larger web of life that provides for our survival, and therefore it is imperative that we protect that fragile web of life, not as dominators—men over women and humans over nature—but as partners with every other life form on the planet.”

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