Support Navdanya and Sustainable Development
Navdanya is a research institute founded by Dr. Vandana Shiva, world-renowned physicist and eco-feminist.
"Navdanya is born of a vision that all beings have intrinsic value and an inherent right to live, grow and evolve to their full potential through their self organisation. The diversity of biological life forms and cultures is the basis of peace, harmony and sustainability."
Poverty in All Its Forms reports, "Vandana Shiva plays a major role in the global eco-feminist movement by exploring the connections between the degradation and domination of nature, sexism and poverty. 'This patriarchal logic of exclusion is not acceptable to us. Nor is the defining of poverty and wealth on the basis of $1 a day indicator. Even when our wealth production is not counted in dollars, we are providing food and water. And an income of $1 a day is meaningless indicator of development if the cost of living is being pushed up to $10 a day with corporate monopolies on seeds and water because of patents and privatisation.'"
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control.
Navdanya supports this statement and strives for all citizens of this Earth, particularly women and people in rural areas, to have access to the necessities of life. The tragic cycles of povery in the United States and beyond has its roots in our unsustainable social and economic systems. Nelson Mandala said in 2008: “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."
Please support Navdanya and other organizations like it to help end unsustainable development and the degredation of our societies and ecosystems.
Fact Sheet on Poverty (PDF)