Upcoming Fragile Freedoms Lecture: Nature and Rights

Thursday, March 27, 2014

For the 6th lecture of the “Fragile Freedoms” series, organizer Arthur Schafer welcomes another distinguished guest: Dr. Vandana Shiva on March 28th. Dr. Shiva’s presentation will be entitled: Earth rights are Human Rights.

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. She is the Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, and the author of many books, including: Staying alive: Women, Ecology, and Development; Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis; Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainbility, and Peace; and Water Wars: Pollution, Profits, and Privatisation. Vandana Shiva founded Navdanya, an association which works to preserve biodiversity and to protect the rights of farmers. She received the Right Livelihood Award (or Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1993 “...for placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse”.

After reading this short biography and noting her international reputation, one will have understood that this woman is a great defender of nature and environment. In her presentation, she will make a connection between her passion-environmental rights- and human rights. This conference is particularly well-timed at this time of year. Indeed, not only does this period represent the beginning of spring, which symbolizes life, renewal and rebirth for many people, but it also includes several days that celebrate nature and the environment, including the following:

  • World Day for Water falls on March 22nd. The objective of this day is to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and about providing access to drinking water, which the UN has declared as a basic right on July 28, 2010.
  • March 29th is the day on which people are encouraged to act during “Earth Hour.” They are asked to turn off light and electrical devices for an hour to promote electricity-saving and fight against environmental degradation.
  • Last but not least is April 22nd, Earth Day, which used to be celebrated on March 20th or 22nd. This activity is celebrated throughout the world to promote environmental protection.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, as a partner with the University of Manitoba, is proud to encourage such discussions around the environment rights and its relations to human rights. 

The grass on a root of the Museum.

Tall grass Prairie at the Museum. Photo: Aaron Cohen / CMHR.

Dr. Vandana Shiva’s reputation goes beyond all borders and precedes her here in Winnipeg. The tickets to her lecture have been sold out for several months. However, everyone will get another chance to hear Dr. Shiva. Her lecture will be recorded by CBC Radio and broadcast as part of the show, Ideas, on April 17, 2014. 

This lecture will not be presented at the Museum. Rather, it will be held at the MTC Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Avenue, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information, visit: fragilefreedoms.com.

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