The International College for Sustainable Living

Bija Vidyapeeth

Fair Wealth: Redefining Wealth for Sustainability and Justice

April 7 - 13, 2003

Faculty will include: Dr. Wolfganag Sachs, and Dr. Vandana Shiva*

Wealth and well-being for more and more people is the proclaimed goal of development. However, the style of wealth produced by what is called "economic development" is incapable of justice. It cannot be universalized to all people - or else the biosphere will be ruined. The automobile society, meat-based food systems, and industrial agriculture are cases in point. How could wealth be transformed so that everybody can eventually share in it ? Moreover, resource rights of rural communities can only be secured if the well-off bring down their demand for crops, water, fish, timber, minerals, and oil. There can't be poverty alleviation without wealth alleviation. Is it possible to create resource-light economies that weigh less heavily on the planet and on people? The course will take a closer look at the conventional notions of wealth, the link between equity and ecology, the experiments in North and South for sustainable production and consumption patterns, and the prospects of graceful simplicity amidst increasing affluence.

Dr. Wolfgang Sachs is presently a Senior Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy, Environment, in Germany. He is the author of several books, including The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power (1992) and Greening the North: A Post-industrial Blueprint for Ecology and Equity (1998). He has served as editor of the magazine Development, and as Chair of the Board of Greenpeace Germany 1993-2001. Recently he helped organize The Jo'burg Memo: Fairness in a Fragile World, charting out a sustainable development agenda for the next decade.

Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder of Navdanya and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, founded to do research in a participatory mode with people, not on them - and to do research with an interdisciplinary approach, - reflecting the interconnections in the web of life. She is the recipient of the 1993 Right Livelihood Award - often called the "Alternative Nobel Prize", the award recognizes "vision and work contributing to making life more whole, healing the planet and uplifting humanity." Her books, The Violence of Green Revolution, Stolen Harvest and Monocultures of the Mind have become basic challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable agricultural practices.

About Bija Vidyapeeth

In a world dominated by greed and competition, speed and restlessness, pollution and ecological destruction, war and violence, Bija Vidyapeeth offers a unique opportunity to explore and practice the art and science of sustainability. Bija Vidyapeeth offers a unique insight into the tenets of sustainability and deep democracy through interactions with the foremost intellectuals and sustainable communities of our times. Based on the principles of sustainability and diversity, the campus is located on Navdanya's organic farm in Doon Valley. Nestled in the foothills between the Himalayas and Shivalik mountains, it offers an ambience that reinvigorates our vital link with nature and promotes contemplation, enquiry and dynamic action.

* Schedules and resource faculty are subject to change due to unforseen circumstances

Bija Vidyapeeth
An Educational Project of Navdanya
A- 60, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, INDIA
Tel: 91 11 26561868, 26853772
Fax: 91 11 26856795, 26562093