Contributors: Kothari, Ashish (Kalvapriksh, India)
Founder-member of environmental group Kalvapriksh, Ashish has coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, served on Greenpeace International and India Boards and steering committees of two IUCN Commissions. Author or editor of over 30 books, Ashish is currently focusing on Radical Ecological Democracy as an alternative to economic globalisation.
Gründungsmitglied der Umweltgruppe Kalpavriksh in Indien; koordinierte die Nationale Biodiversitätsstrategie und den Nationalen Aktionsplan von Indien; arbeitete im Vorstand von Greenpeace International India. Autor und Herausgeber von mehr als 30 Büchern; derzeitiger Arbeitsschwerpunkt: Radikale Ökologische Demokratie.
Scientific paper contribution: Radical Ecological Democracy: A South Asian Quest for a Sustainable and Equitable Future
Abstract: The impressive growth seen in the last two decades of ‘globalisation’ in countries like India has been predatory of nature and of already marginalised people. There are clear signs of ecological unsustainability and increasing inequities. A number of resistance movements are questioning the model of development and growth that they have been subjected to. Urgent steps are needed to forestall a rapid descent into socio-ecological chaos. There is a need for concrete alternatives to current policies and practices, and fundamental political reform towards a radical ecological democracy. Many solutions are already emerging from a range of grassroots movements and initiatives, as also from ongoing policy changes, but much more needs to be done. Such alternative paths would be based on fundamental principles of ecological sustainability, social equity, and universal food, water and livelihood security. Radical or direct political democracy, localised economic sufficiency, social justice, and a new culture of knowledge are indicated. A post-2015 sustainability framework can also be constructed based on such principles and ongoing initiatives.