Physicist, environmentalist wins Sydney Peace Prize
This year's Sydney Peace Prize has been awarded to Indian physicist
and environmentalist Dr Vandana Shiva.
Dr Shiva has been described as an eco-feminist and anti-globalisation
campaigner and author.
She started a seed bank in India to protect biodiversity and
has also campaigned against genetically modified foods.
The Sydney Peace Foundation's Director Professor Stuart Rees
says she is one of the most significant environmental campaigners
in the world and this year's prize winner will re-invigorate
debate on global warming.
"She was the leader of the anti-globalisation movement
and the last book of hers 'soil not oil' reminds us that the
vast majority of people in developing countries are subsistence
farmers who depend on the soil for their livelihood," he
"She makes the point that there can be no distinction between
the health of the environment and the health of the people who
live on it."
Professor Stuart Rees says the New Delhi-based Ms Shiva will
give the annual lecture in Sydney in November.
"We will be lucky to get her to Sydney because she's popular
with most of the world's leaders who want to take global warming