Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Shiva is among the most outspoken defenders and campaigners for the third world poor - particularly women. She forcefully demonstrates that they are not to be blamed for environmental degradation.
Initially trained in particle physics, she adopted a comprehensive approach on environmental issues as coordinator of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in Dehra Dun, India.
She is one of the most sought-after speakers on environmental matters and among her many books, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India has become a classic.