It’s easy to be brought down a bit when you put yourself out there for a cause, such as environmental conservation and increasing sustainable practices, when the majority of of your feedback seems to come from promoters of anti-science, the self-titled “sceptics” (of rationality, I would argue). The rise of the Tea-Party movement and Republican success following the mid-term leaves the most powerful nation on the face of the globe increasingly disabled at leading the necessary innovations required to mitigate and adapt to climate change and increasing species loss.
Yet, amidst all this, a passionate and rational voice appeared on my radio last night which was the breath of fresh air that I needed following my recent plunges into the foggy grey world of irrationality. Dr Shiva demonstrates, at least to me, that it is an illusion to believe that the market will solve our problems or that we can wait for truly effective governance. If we want to improve the standard of living of those around us, it will be the result of passionate and well-informed groups of people.
Where many of us live under an illusion that the current economical structure improves the average wealth of each individual (it actually seems to promote inequality), I believe Dr Shiva’s work give us a hint of something that could universally stimulate prosperity while meeting the needs of ecological conservation.
“Contrary to all the falsehoods that industrial agriculture with it’s mono-culture and capital intensity produces more food. At the level of small scale farmers, the more biodiversity you have, the more food you produce and conservation actually becomes a food security solution,” – Dr Vandana Shiva.