We have turned our backs to the Earth.  We have forgotten that she supports us, that she gives us food, she gives us water.  The Right to Food & Water are derived from the Rights of Mother Earth.  The more we neglect her and privatize her resources, the more people go hungry and without water.

As we celebrate 20 years of Navdanya’s formal existence, we celebrate Earth Democracy based on our practice of Bija Swaraj, Bhu Swaraj, Anna Swaraj, Jal Swaraj and Van Swaraj.

In Bolivia an international Conference was organized on the Rights of Mother Earth to coincide with Mother Earth Day, April 20th – 22nd.  Bolivia has established a Ministry for the Rights of Mother Earth, and has initiated a process to introduce the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth to complement the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in the UN.

Navdanya has been an active member of the global community articulating Earth Rights, the Rights of the Planet.  Bhoomi, the Earth Movement will connect the struggles of our adivasis and farmers in defence of their land, the Movements for the right to food and right to water, and Movements for human rights in one indivisible fabric rooted in the Earth & her ecological life supporting processes.  

Starting May 2010, monthly public events & activities will lead up to the first edition of the BHOOMI festival, on October 2, 2010 and will continue beyond.  Join us as we come together to recognize, honor and protect the rights of our Planet, so together we can begin to heal our Bhoomi.

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The Bhoomi Calendar

Bhu Swaraj 

Voices of Bhoomi: Listening to the voices of tribals, peasants, women, children about what the Earth means to them.  This will be launched on World Environment Day on the 5th of June, at Nayangiri.

In defence of Bhoomi: Lectures & events on the rights of Mother Earth at various fora,  including Schools and Colleges where children and youth, the Future Generation, will engage in discussing rights of Mother Earth.

Bhoomi Sparsh, touch the Earth through Seeds of Freedom
Under this, we shall be working with RWA’s and Schools to initiate urban gardens. (Mid June/July).

Bhoomi, the Annapurna

Food Festivals & celebrations of biodiversity with Slow Food in Turin in October during Terra Madre, in India in November.

Swastha Bhoomi

Public lecture on healthy solutions to the Malnutrition and Hunger crisis.

Bhoomi Kala

Creative arts & communication for the Earth (from May onwards)

Bhoomi : The Earth Festival

A day-long celebration of the Land and the Seed, Integrated events, Multi media, Live experiences on October 2, 2010 from 10 am to 10 pm at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Bhoomi Film Fest

Jiva Live Concerts

Bija: The Art of the Seed

Roots & Shoots : Organic Dinner

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About Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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