“In our culture, we don't see energy as neutral, but we think that energy creates new energy”. This sentence is part of the precious contribution by Vandana Shiva, the Indian political and environmental activist, to domusforum 2019. Author of more than twenty books and member of numerous scientific committees and international organizations, Vandana Shiva was insigned of the Right Livehood Award in 2012 and of the Sidney Peace Prize in 20176. Time nominated her environmental Hero of the year in 2003.
“There is a radical difference between how nature consume and create energy and the entire industrial civilization based on fossil fuels. The former generates energy, the latter dissipates energy, and that is what’s called entropy”, she explains. Then adds that in her culture energy creates wellbeing and more energy. And talking about the future of cities, she states that city could be the place where important things for any of us will start to happen.
In her lecture for domusforum 2019, food has a very relevant role, but the real protagonist is life itself, and with her words full of pragmatism but also Indian cultural and mystical referrals, she urges us all to be more active: “"To escape Earth is not a good idea: it is better to take care of it and transform it into a beautiful Goddess”.