Category → Vandana Shiva — Principles of Democracy — Part 7
7. Earth Democracy is a living democracy
Living democracy is based on the democracy of all life and the
democracy of everyday life. In living democracies people can influ-
ence the decisions over the food we eat, the water we drink, and.
the health care and- education we have. Living democracy grows
like a tree, from the bottom up. Earth Democracy is based on local
democracy, with local communities-organized on principles ri
inclusion, diversity, and ecological and social responsibility—hav-
ing the highest authority on decisions related to the environment
and natural resources and to the sustenance and livelihoods of peo-
ple. Authority is delegated to more distant levels of governments on the principle of solidarity. Self-rule and self-governance is the foundation of Earth Democracy.