In addition to this sampling, you can view a YouTube playlist of Hinduism and Ecology videos here.
Spotlights Episode 2.16
Dr. Pankaj Jain, FLAME University
January 10, 2022
This week’s episode of Spotlights features Pankaj Jain, PhD, an internationally recognized academic leader in sustainability, Jain studies, film studies, and diaspora studies. He is the Head of the Department of Humanities & Languages and Chair of The India Centre at FLAME University. We discuss connections between dharma and ecology in Hinduism and Jainism, with particular attention to three books by Dr. Jain, Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (Routledge, 2011), Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (Routledge, 2016), and Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge, 2019). He tweets at @ProfPankajJain, and his podcast #DiscoverIndia is on Spotify, Apple, Google, YouTube, Gaana, and other platforms. You can also find more information at his faculty website: https://www.flame.edu.in/faculty/pank…
Youth Climate Justice in India by John Paul Jose
Duke Undergraduate Environmental Union
March 20, 2021
The Environmental Justice Symposium 2021 is happy to present John Paul Jose. Kerala-born John Paul Jose’s journey with environmental activism began when he joined a protest against the Yettinahole project around five years ago. Later, in 2018, John set out to discover what steps India’s politicians were taking to address the climate crisis, as one of the Fridays For Future youth leaders in India. Now 22, he is still a passionate activist, criticising climate action (and the lack of it) from an Indian viewpoint, and especially how global warming affects India’s forests and ecosystems.
Dr. Vandana Shiva on India’s Farmers’ Protests: Indian Farmers Are a Victim Of Food Imperialism
Going Underground on RT
February 13, 2021
On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Dr. Vandana Shiva, the Founder and President of Navdanya, Technology and Natural Resource Policy who was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. She discusses the recent avalanche in Uttarakhand which has left hundreds missing and the causes behind it, how the World Bank’s actions in the 1991 was arguably the start of Indian farmers vs global capitalism, why India’s farmers are organising en masse to oppose Modi’s neoliberal farming laws, 1 in 4 farmers on Earth being Indian, multinational farming corporations and their war on India’s independent farmers, the history of the spread of GMO technology such as ‘Roundup’, why a transition away from industrial farming back to small-scale farming is needed to fight climate change, and much more!
Towards an Anti-caste and Abolitionist Epistemology for Environmental Justice
October 28, 2019
This talk, offered by Malini Ranganathan of American University, considers the relationship between colonial history and contemporary struggles around caste identity and environmental outcomes in urban India.
Dr. Vandana Shiva Delivers Parliament Keynote Address
Parliament of the World’s Religions
October 16, 2015
On World Food Day of 2015, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Hindu author and environmental justice activist, addresses the Faith In Women plenary at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Dr. Shiva centers women as not only the true seed keepers and food producers of the planet, but also the true faith keepers—and thus the most critical protectors of the planet during climate crisis.
Shivali Fulchand: “What does the Hindu tradition have to say about the environment?”
London School of Economics Faith Centre
Dr Shivali Fulchand reflects on the Hindu tradition’s understanding of the environment and how Hindus are called to encounter and interact with creation.
David Haberman: “Hinduism and Ecology”
David Haberman discusses Hinduism and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker. “Hinduism and Ecology” is part of the larger “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” project. Watch the whole “Conversations on World Religions and Ecology” series on the Forum on Religion and Ecology YouTube Channel.
“The South Asian Response to Journey of the Universe”
David Haberman, Christopher Ives, and Christopher Key Chapple
Journey of the Universe and Our Elegant Universe Symposium
Three scholars of South Asian religions suggest ways in which those traditions might respond to Journey of the Universe. Dr. David Haberman, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, draws parallels with Hindu creation myths of the One becoming the many, suggesting that all of reality is interconnected and arising from the same source. Dr. Christopher Ives, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Stonehill College, suggests that Buddhism teaches people to move beyond egocentricity to realize that one affects and is affected by everything else, which resonates with Journey’s notion of interdependent communities. Dr. Christopher Chapple, Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University, appeals to the structure of Jain temples to convey insights about the connection between the human body and the cosmos, the purification of consciousness, and the recovery of intimacy with life in its many forms.
“Troubled Waters: India’s effort to clean up sacred but polluted Ganga River”
PBS Newshour (February 11, 2020)
The Ganga River, known as the Ganges under British rule, is one of the most revered waterways in the world, yet also among the most polluted. PBS reports on the challenges of India’s efforts to clean up the river and restore its natural flow.