Why Diversity and a Female Perspective are Needed to Create a Sustainable World

Why Diversity and a Female Perspective are Needed to Create a Sustainable World

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, internationally renowned author and speaker Dr. Vandana Shiva present the keynote address at the College of Charleston’s third annual Sustainability Week presented by the Office of Sustainability. Dr. Shiva will focus on the need for diversity of thought process, perspective and worldview in addition to diversity of race, ethnicity and gender to create a sustainable world. The free event starts at 5:30 p.m. in College of Charleston’s Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and tickets are not required.

“Dr. Shiva has made such notable contributions to a number of fields,” notes Jen Jones, facilities coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. “We are excited to delve into a new perspective on sustainability, one that looks at how the female perspective will be necessary for moving toward a sustainable world.”

[Related: Hear from Dr. Shiva.]

Shiva is a social and environmental activist who has authored more than 20 works on engaging topics including globalization, gender rights, justice, ecofeminism and agriculture. She holds degrees in physics and philosophy, and has earned global recognition for her efforts to promote sustainable practices as well as her work for social justice causes. Her awards include the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, the Save the World Award in 2009 and the Sydney Peace Prize in 2010. She is also a founding member of the Navdanya movement, which promotes biodiversity, organic farming, farmers’ rights and seed saving.

For more information please contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability.cofc.edu.

About the Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston

The Office represents the hub for teaching, research, and practice of sustainability on campus and in the greater Charleston community. The Office of Sustainability is located within Business Affairs, to give it a high profile on campus and in the community, where it is accessed and influenced by all members of our campus community. This represents an exciting step forward for the College of Charleston, and signals a new chapter in our esteemed history. For more information please visit our website: sustainability.cofc.edu.