Before becoming an international environmental activist, Vandana Shiva was one of India's most reputed physicists, with a master's degree in the philosophy of science and a Ph.D. in particle physics.
Since the 1980s, Shiva has championed the anti-globalization movement and is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization. Her research and resultant advocacy explores the applicability of traditional Vedic knowledge and ecology to alleviate poverty in developing countries.
She is the founder and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology, an organization whose research has validated the ecological value of traditional farming and whose efforts have been instrumental in fighting destructive building projects in India.
Shiva has also been active in repositioning women in the debate on development, for which she received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Peace Prize."
Shiva has authored over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals and books include Biopiracy, Stolen Harvest, Monocultures of the Mind, and Water Wars.
Her many awards include the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Program and the U.N.'s Earth Day International Award for her commitment to the preservation of the planet- City Arts & Lectures
Born in India in 1952, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she is the author of many books, including Water Wars: Pollution, Profits, and Privatization (South End Press, 2001), Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (South End Press, 1997), Monocultures of the Mind (Zed, 1993), The Violence of the Green Revolution (Zed, 1992), and Staying Alive (St. Martin's Press, 1989).
Shiva is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin. She addressed the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, 1999, as well as the recent World Economic Forum in Melbourne, 2000. In 1993, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). The founder of Navdanya ("nine seeds"), a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds, she also set up the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in her mother's cowshed in 1997. Its studies have validated the ecological value of traditional farming and been instrumental in fighting destructive development projects in India .
Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists. She holds a master's degree in the philosophy of science and a Ph.D. in particle physics.
Carol Tang spent the last ten years at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. For the first five years, she supervised educational programs -- including programs for outreach, summer environmental education, teen youth development, teacher services, school district-wide science professional development and citizen science. More recently, she served as the Director of Visitor Interpretive Programs and then head of Public Programs. During this period, she had oversight for exhibitions, lifelong learning, and museum engagement and was responsible for all exhibit content and public programs for the museum and aquarium when it re-opened in Golden Gate Park in 2008.
Carol is a member of the American Association of Museums 2012 Annual Meeting National Program Committee, a review panelist for IMLS and NASA, and has been a session leader at several conferences including AAM, Association of Science and Technology Centers, and the California Science Teachers Association. She was a winner of a 2009 AAM Technology award for a museum multimedia tour.
Carol received a BA in paleontology from UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in geology from University of Southern California, and a Chancellor’s postdoctoral fellowship at the UC Museum of Paleontology. She served as a geology professor at Arizona State University where she worked with inquiry-based science educators and local science centers. She was one of the first group of scientists funded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute and held an NSF Geosciences grant to study fossils of the Dominican Republic.
Environmental activist Vandana Shiva discusses her work in seed banks and addresses the impact of widespread suicide among farmers as a result of the the monopolization of seeds and agriculture in India.