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.

Bolivia 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, where Navdanya is playing an active role 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.

We invite you to celebrate the Earth and participate in

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. 
Program is as follows:

Bhoomi Vandana: an Invocation to Mother Earth 
by Ibadat(Sandeep Srivastav and band)
Messages for the Earth from: 
Jairam Ramesh*(tbc)
Representatives of Bolivarian Alliancewho launched the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth on 22ndApril 2010 
Vandana Shiva 
Jhing Chik Jhing(Marathi) Written and directed by Nitin Nandan 
(116 min; 2010; dvd; English subtitles)
A film on farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha
Lunch: Coupons for purchase of Navdanya Organic snacks will be available at registration 
Do Bigha Zameen (Two acres of land; Bengali) A film by Bimal Roy 
(131 min; 1953; b/w; English subtitles)
Recipient of the International Prize, Cannes Film Festival 1954 
Niyamgiri: The Forest Speaks A film by Surya Dash 
Discussion on The Niyamgiri Struggle: Bhakt Charan Das, Arundhati Roy* (tbc)
Mahatma and the Poetess 
Readings of letters by Tom Alter and Mrinalini Sarabhai 
Jiva Concerts 
Thumris by Vidya Rao 
Folk Musicians from Bihar 
Earth Spirit 
Paintings by Shakti Maira on view in the Auditorium Foyer
Bija: the Art of the Seed 
A day long exhibit and interaction with Seed Keepers in Fountain Lawns

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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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