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Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva, physicist, philosopher, ecofeminist, environmental activist, writer, was born in 1952 in Dehra Dun, India[?].

She participated in the 1970s in the Chipko movement[?], of Indian women hugging the trees to prevent their felling, and founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology[?] in 1982. Initiatives of this Foundation are the organic farming programme Navdanya[?], the Bija Vidyapeeth[?] (or Seed University, International College for Sustainable Living), and Diverse Women for Diversity[?]. Another of the Vandana Shiva's initiatives is the Living Democracy Movement[?].

She received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1993 "...For placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse." (See [1] (http://www.rightlivelihood.se/recip1993_3)). Other awards she has received include the Global 500 Award[?] of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1993 (see [2] (http://www.global500.org/ViewLaureate.asp?ID=191)), and the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations (UN).

Vandana Shiva is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization[?], (along with Jerry Mander[?], Edward Goldsmith[?], Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin[?], etc.), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as anti-globalization movement.

See also : biopiracy, green revolution

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