On this interview, social justice and anti-GMO advocate Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., discusses her ebook, “Oneness Vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom,” which she co-wrote along with her son, by which she argues that the ultra-wealthy elite are chargeable for a majority of the environmental, monetary and well being crises at present going through us.
In actuality, it is actually in regards to the 0.001% — the small variety of billionaires and centibillionaires who’ve turn into ultra-rich over the previous 30 years or so. Most of them did not exist earlier than globalization. The 1% is only a helpful metaphor for the ruling elite that the writer thought could be simpler to speak.
One of many key gamers is, no shock, Invoice Gates, whose wealth and “philanthropic” efforts have garnered him unprecedented affect over agriculture and international well being insurance policies that threaten meals safety and human well being.
“I used to be in Paris for the local weather summit, and I have been doing this UN Summit because the Earth summit in ’92. I have been doing the Biodiversity Conference, drafting of clauses, together with Article 19.1, which principally required biosafety and evaluation of GMOs. So, I used to be very stunned that, for the primary time, the billionaires have been on the stage with the heads of state,” she says.
One of many “options” to local weather change provided by this billionaire membership was geoengineering, which in actuality is not any resolution in any respect. As famous by Shiva, if the local weather is already altering for the more serious, engineering temperatures, deflecting daylight, dumping iron fillings on the ocean and chemical compounds within the sky, and creating synthetic volcanoes, you are merely creating extra issues with out fixing the unique one.
On the finish of the August 2020 replace of the ebook, she additionally discusses COVID-19, and the way this engineered pandemic has catalyzed the switch of wealth to the wealthy. Whereas international lockdowns have decimated small companies and left many to wrestle financially, the wealthy have amassed implausible income.