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Eco-Swaraj: Towards a Radical Ecological Democracy with Ashish Kothari

Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 - 20:00

As multiple crises engulf humanity and the rest of life, we are groping for ways out. How can we tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, the abysmal chasm between rich and poor, the continued deprivation of a billion people from dignified life, and geopolitical conflicts that threaten to annihilate life on earth?

Even as these and other issues seem to be unsurmountable, quiet work across the world is showing that they are not. ‘Ordinary’ people are finding pathways towards sustainability, equality, justice, through means and visions that have the potential to be truly transformatory. They are not content with band-aids like ‘green economy’ and ‘sustainable development’, but are challenging concentration of power manifested in patriarchy, capitalism, statism, racism, and other forms of exploitation and discrimination that are currently dominant. From the re-assertion of indigenous worldviews like buen vivir to the emergence of more recent alternatives like ecofeminism and degrowth, from new interpretations of leftist/Marxist revolution to Gandhian concepts like swaraj, and much else, we are slowly finding answers. This presentation will focus on alternative practices and visions emerging from the South Asian context, and draw links with movements elsewhere.

Ashish Kothari

Ashish Kothari is an Indian environmentalist working on development, environment interface, biodiversity policy, and alternatives.  He is one of founders of Kalpavriksh, a Non-Profit Organisation in India which deals with environmental and development issues and has been associated with peoples' movements like Narmada Bachao Andolan and Beej Bachao Andolan. He has been a member of Steering Committees of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) from 1998 to 2008 .  He has also been a co-chair IUCN Inter-commission Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, and Livelihoods in Relation to Protected Areas (TILCEPA) from 1998 to 2008. Ashish Kothari has also served on the steering group or governing board of the CBD (Convention On Biodiversity) Alliance, the ICCA Consortium, and Greenpeace International. At present, he is the chairman Greenpeace India’s Board

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Venue: Playroom, The Old Postern, Schumacher College
Date: Wednesday 24 January, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Entrance: £5.00/£4.00 Concession

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