Book of the month: April
The book of April is "Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development", by Vandana Shiva.
You can find it here.
Vandana Shiva is an award-winning environmentalist and one of the world's most prominent radical scientists. In Staying Alive she questions Western science and the idea of development it sustains and promotes; one, she argues, that is at the core of the violence against Nature, women and cultural minorities.
She links our environmental crisis and the violence/oppression towards Nature and women with a Western, reductionist science that ignores the complexity of life.
She then proposes the rediscovery of the feminine principle in human interaction with the natural world, not as a gender-based quality, rather an organizing principle, a way of seeing and interacting with the natural world.
As Shiva makes clear, the way this development paradigm is being implemented—through violence against nature and women—threatens survival itself. As the world continues to follow destructive paths of development, Shiva’s Staying Alive is an eye-opening book that really make us question Western science and the undeniably unsustainable idea of development - "maldevelopment" - it sustains and promotes.
"The rupture within nature and between man and nature, and its associated transformation from a life-force that sustains to and exploitable resource characterizes the Cartesian view which has displaced more ecological world-views and created a development paradigm which cripples nature and woman simultaneously [...]".
If you are interested in social-cultural-environmental issues, this is definitely a must-read book.
I'll be back here in a few days, sharing some pictures from our recent trip to the gorgeous Sequoia National Park.