Eco-Swaraj: Towards a Radical Ecological Democracy with Ashish Kothari



United States

Location Name:
American University School of International Service

4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Mary Graydon Center 200


United States

Start and End Times:
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

As multiple crises engulf humanity and the rest of life, we are groping for ways out. How can we tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, the abysmal chasm between rich and poor, the continued deprivation of a billion people from dignified life, and geopolitical conflicts that threaten to annihilate life on earth? This talk draws from indigenous worldviews like buen vivir, the emergence of more recent alternatives like eco-feminism and degrowth, new interpretations of leftist/Marxist revolution to Gandhian concepts like swaraj, and more to present on alternative practices and visions emerging from the South Asian context and linking movements elsewhere.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ashish Kothari is a founder-member of the Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh, which takes up research, education, grassroots work, advocacy and activism in the field of environment, ecology, development, and alternatives. Ashish has taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, served on Greenpeace International and India Boards, helped initiate the global ICCA Consortium, and chaired IUCN’s Inter-commission Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, and Livelihoods in Relation to Protected Areas. His latest books are Churning the Earth: Making of Global India (with Aseem Shrivastava) and Alternative Futures: India Unshackled (ed., with KJ Joy).

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