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Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis Paperback – October 1, 2008
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SIDDHARTHA R. OZA and RAJESH C. OZA
Four years ago, Tom Friedman celebrated globalization with his best-selling "The World is Flat." While seeming to upend the status quo (after all, the world is round), Friedman emphasized the importance of multinational companies and their market-based economics. Indeed, he updated his Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention ("people in McDonald's countries didn't like to fight wars anymore") to a high-tech "Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention" ("global supply chains in the flat world are an even greater restraint on geopolitical adventurism"). Last year, in "Hot, Flat, and Crowded," Friedman acknowledged the problems of global warming, rising expectations, and population growth, but he continued to promote the free market, causing us to recall Einstein's quote: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
An antidote to this monocultural thinking is Vandana Shiva's "Soil Not Oil," a little book that questions conventional wisdom and demands environmental justice. Whereas Friedman views globalization as an ameliorative process, one that makes life less Hobbesian--less "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"--Shiva is a realistic utilitarian who believes the globalized world is not "phat," not at all cool: not only is the earth heating up due to careless fossil-fuel addiction, but this addiction has also exacerbated the inequity between the haves and the have-nots.
Shiva is a scientist, activist, feminist, philosopher, and community organizer who champions the rights of those whose lives are nasty, brutish, and short--those without a seat in corporate boardrooms.Read more ›
This book is a "wake-up call" to humanity! Vandana Shiva begins by describing three emergencies, life-threatening crises that humanity faces today. We all know about peak oil and climate change, as they are regularly covered by the media. The third emergency is food insecurity, which Shiva describes as interconnected and intertwined with the other two crises. Shiva describes a food crisis as caused by "the combined impacts of the industrialization and globalization of agriculture" . Stepping back through history, Vandana Shiva reminds us that industrialization and later globalization of manufacturing - which were only possible with cheap and plentiful fossil fuels - have triggered climate change and peak oil. But what was the mindset that launched mechanization and later globalization? It is here that Shiva really takes off, explaining how the term "development" is used in biology versus economics, and how development serves to oppress people and degrade the earth's natural infrastructure today.
Woven throughout these chapters are hints to Shiva's preferred solution.Read more ›
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Being an environmentalist and advocate for equality I wanted very much to like this book. However, Shiva's work is full of inaccuracies and incoherent theories. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Luxury Marxist
I had to purchase this book for a class of mine. I was a little skeptical about reading it and thought it would be completely off the rockers, but it was in fact opposite of... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by asap1082
Monumental work. Should play a role in shifting mindsets among those taking the time to read this great book. Our survival depends on rethinking our needs and approaches. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by paul
Vandana Shiva is a very wise person. Recommended for anyone who seeks to know more about environmental or global issues.Published on December 11, 2012 by Brenda
This was a very interesting book, originally selected by my book club. It tends to be a bit extreme at times in terms of some of the language used, but for the most part gives... Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Gabrielle Schapira
Great book, Vandana is a great researcher- although a little pushy in the beginning. By the end of the book she will have you informed and convinced.Published on August 5, 2010 by consumernation
Vandana has helped to prevent untold of disasters and is one of my primary inspirations for Great WomenPublished on May 28, 2010 by Kalmia
Very well written. Vandana Shiva is a knowledgable and well respected scientist. She makes a convincing case for the disadvantaged and displaced poor and indigenous people of the... Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by Wilma K. Mussen