Decades ago, a young Indian woman living near the Himalayas was on her way to one of her favorite rivers as a child. She wanted to visit it before she left to pursue her Ph.D. in Canada. When she reached the site, however, she was stunned: the river was gone.
“That made me realize that I couldn’t take for granted that our beautiful world will continue to stay that way, and there are very powerful interests out to destroy it,” said environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva in an interview with the Post. “I’ve been sort of an ecological activist ever since.”
In a speech she gave at UWM on Friday, Shiva criticized worldwide efforts to privatize public services, including Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to weaken pubic employee unions and a recent proposal to privatize the Milwaukee Fire Department.
“Wisconsin has evolved into the epicenter in the struggle for our unity, our common humanity, our oneness in democracy, contested by privatization, commodification and corporatization of all aspects of our lives,” she said.
Shiva is an internationally prominent environmental activist and founder of Navdanya, an organization that focuses on saving and distributing native seeds to local farmers. She advocates for the use of traditional farming practices and against the use of biotechnology, such as genetically modified seeds.