Terra Viva: My Life in a Biodiversity of Movements (Paperback)
*2023 Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal Winner: Heroic Journeys
"All of us who care about the future of Planet Earth must be grateful to Vandana Shiva."--Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace
A powerful new memoir published to coincide with Vandana Shiva's 70th birthday.
Vandana Shiva has been described in many ways: the "Gandhi of Grain," "a rock star" in the battle against GMOs, and "the most powerful voice" for people of the developing world. For over four decades she has vociferously advocated for diversity, indigenous knowledge, localization, and real democracy; she has been at the forefront of seed saving, food sovereignty, and connecting the dots between the destruction of nature, the polarization of societies, and indiscriminate corporate greed.
In Terra Viva, Dr. Shiva shares her most memorable campaigns, alongside some of the world's most celebrated activists and environmentalists, all working toward a livable planet and healthier democracies. For the very first time, she also recounts the stories of her childhood in post-partition India--the influence of the Himalayan forests she roamed; her parents, who saw no difference in the education of boys and girls at a time when this was not the norm; and the Chipko movement, whose women were "the real custodians of biodiversity-related knowledge." Throughout, Shiva's pursuit of a unique intellectual path marrying quantum physics with science, technology, and environmental policy will captivate the reader.
Terra Viva is a celebration of a remarkable life and a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges we face moving forward--including those revealed by the COVID crisis, the privatization of biotechnology, and the commodification of our biological and natural resources.
"Vandana Shiva is an expert on the dangers of globalization] whose analysis has helped us understand this situation much more deeply."--Russell Brand
"One of the world's most prominent radical scientists."--The Guardian