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The ecofeminist activist Vandana Shiva is the guest of the 68th episode of La Poudre.With Lauren Bastide, they talked about staying hopeful, hugging trees and disobey.

Lauren’s foreword:

On the 21st of January 2017, I was in Washington D.C. at the Women’s March. This gave birth to the episode « La Marche », published on the 8th of March 2017. That’s where I recorded the « We are not afraid of Donald Trump » that you can hear in the opening credits. I can’t believe it’s been three years already. It was the spark, the starting point of the feminist revolution we are living today. On that day, half a million women were on the streets in Washington. And on that day, I met one woman : Ashley McCray.

This encounter was crucial for me. Thanks to her, I understood that patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism are three sides of the same system.

Episode summary:

Vandana Shiva has been leading both environmentalist and feminist fights for more than fifty years accross the globe. Despite this long-term endeavor, she is also one of the few carrying the idea of necessary hope in her speeches and writings (02:45). She sees hope as essential to avoid defeatism: we need to fight fatalism and use all the remaining time to act instead of running away and abandoning the planet (03:29). Born on the 5th of November 1952 in Dehradun (India), she studied physics and science philosophy, in both India and Canada. After fighting against gigantic dams construction, or taking part in the Chipko movement for forest preservation in India, she has been working towards peasants’ autonomy in their use of seeds by taking a stance against seed patenting (13:17). She warns us about keeping in perspective the various “technological advances” (11:11) which have to remain mere tools which can be challenged and reassessed. When they cannot be called into question, or their reevaluation is made impossible by paternalist discourses, it reveals the neocolonialist methods of the food-processing industry she condemns relentlessly. If Vandana Shiva has been fighting for the environment, she has also taken part in feminist battles, establihsing the profound link between the two. She has indeed received the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1993 for her activism in these intertwined issues. She reminds and honors the value of “womanly” knowledge regarding care and sense of community to help guide us in the much needed transition (22:26). To reach this goal, she also reminds us of the power of civil disobedience, an activist tool used nowadays by Extinction Rebellion among others (33:24). As for Vandana Shiva, she does not give up and keeps on inspiring ecofeminist activists around the world.


Executive Producer : Nouvelles Écoutes 

Production and signature tune : Aurore Meyer-Mahieu

Production assistant : GaĂŻa Marty 

Editing and mixing : Marion Emerit