Australia: Vandana Shiva, India's fearless eco-feminist, awarded the 2010 Sydney Peace Print E-mail


The Sydney Peace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which was created in 1998 as a partnership between business, media, public service, community and academic interests. The Foundation aims to promote peace with justice in Australia. Peace with justice relates to a way of thinking and acting which promotes non-violent solutions to every day problems and contributes to the development of civil societies.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Monday May 10 2010

Indian activist Vandana Shiva wins Sydney Peace Prize

Indian physicist and environmentalist Dr Vandana Shiva has won the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice.

The 57-year-old philosopher and activist has been recognised for her work on the empowerment of women in developing countries, her advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities, and her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability.

Dr Shiva will give the City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture at Sydney Opera House on November 3, and will be presented with the prize on the evening of November 4.

Speaking from her hometown of Delhi, Dr Shiva said she was honoured to receive the award.

"The protection of biodiversity, support for women in agriculture and for all subsistence farmers are human rights issues which I'll address in Sydney," Dr Shiva said.

Sydney Peace Foundation director, Professor Stuart Rees, said Dr Shiva was an inspiring recipient of the award.

"Many communities are threatened by the consequences of global warming, yet in Australia the movement to address this issue has gone to sleep," he said.

"Vandana's presence in Sydney in November should wake them up."

Other distinguished recipients of Australia's only international prize for peace have included previous Nobel recipients Professor Muhammad Yunus and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson, and journalist John Pilger.

Mary Kostakidis, chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, said governments around the world sought Dr Shiva's counsel on issues of sustainable development.

"Vandana Shiva's work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment," Ms Kostakidis said.

"She offers solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalisation and climate change on the poorest and most populous nations."

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  (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio National ~ Monday May 10 2010

Physicist, environmentalist wins Sydney Peace Prize

This year's Sydney Peace Prize has been awarded to Indian physicist and environmentalist Dr Vandana Shiva.

Dr Shiva has been described as an eco-feminist and anti-globalisation campaigner and author.

She started a seed bank in India to protect biodiversity and has also campaigned against genetically modified foods.

The Sydney Peace Foundation's Director Professor Stuart Rees says she is one of the most significant environmental campaigners in the world and this year's prize winner will re-invigorate debate on global warming.

"She was the leader of the anti-globalisation movement and the last book of hers 'soil not oil' reminds us that the vast majority of people in developing countries are subsistence farmers who depend on the soil for their livelihood," he said.

"She makes the point that there can be no distinction between the health of the environment and the health of the people who live on it."

Professor Stuart Rees says the New Delhi-based Ms Shiva will give the annual lecture in Sydney in November.

"We will be lucky to get her to Sydney because she's popular with most of the world's leaders who want to take global warming seriously."

 

Indian activist Vandana Shiva wins Sydney Peace Prize

Indian physicist and environmentalist Dr Vandana Shiva has won the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice.

The 57-year-old philosopher and activist has been recognised for her work on the empowerment of women in developing countries, her advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities, and her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability.

Dr Shiva will give the City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture at Sydney Opera House on November 3, and will be presented with the prize on the evening of November 4.

Speaking from her hometown of Delhi, Dr Shiva said she was honoured to receive the award.

"The protection of biodiversity, support for women in agriculture and for all subsistence farmers are human rights issues which I'll address in Sydney," Dr Shiva said.

Sydney Peace Foundation director, Professor Stuart Rees, said Dr Shiva was an inspiring recipient of the award.

"Many communities are threatened by the consequences of global warming, yet in Australia the movement to address this issue has gone to sleep," he said.

"Vandana's presence in Sydney in November should wake them up."

Other distinguished recipients of Australia's only international prize for peace have included previous Nobel recipients Professor Muhammad Yunus and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson, and journalist John Pilger.

Mary Kostakidis, chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, said governments around the world sought Dr Shiva's counsel on issues of sustainable development.

"Vandana Shiva's work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment," Ms Kostakidis said.

"She offers solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalisation and climate change on the poorest and most populous nations."

AAP
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