Featuring: Pujya Swamiji, Barbara Wiseman, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Agnes Baker Pilgrim, and Steve Killelea
Agnes Baker Pilgrim
Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim is a world-renowned spiritual leader and keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony, which she revived after 150 years. She is the oldest living female elder of the Rogue River Indians from Oregon USA and is considered a “living legend” by her tribe. She is the chairwomen of the 13 indigenous Grandmother Council and has traveled the world speaking at many international conventions and spiritual gatherings. She is an active environmentalist and true ambassador for our Mother Earth.
Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology and international business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on peace and sustainable development.
Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace to focus on better understanding the linkages between business, peace and economic development. He is also the founder of the
Global Peace Index the first ever tool for measuring the peacefulness of countries and identifying the drivers of peace. The Global Peace Index is now considered the
world’s leading benchmark for measuring the peacefulness of nations and used by many leading organizations.
Barbara Wiseman is the International President of The Earth Organization, an independent, worldwide non-profit
organization that is bringing rational solutions to the planet’s environmental situations. Over the past 35 years, Barbara Wiseman has worked with a variety of international organizations, from helping displaced refugees to resettle in their new American homes, to introducing effective management technology to business and government leaders in Russia and Mexico.
Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice.
Vandana Shiva was born in 1952 in Uttarakhand, India . Her father was a conservator of forests, and her mother was a farmer with a deep love for nature. Her parents were staunch supporters of Mahatma Gandhi, and Gandhi remains a profound influence on her thought. Echoing Gandhi, she says, “I have tried to be the change I want to see.”
After receiving her schooling in India and training as a gymnast, Vandana Shiva earned a B.S. in Physics, an M.A. in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph, and a PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Western Ontario. As a graduate student, however, she found herself troubled by the realization that science had “a dark side,” and that she didn't know enough about the actual workings of society. India, she noted, had the third biggest scientific community in the world, but remained among the poorest of countries. Science and technology is supposed to create growth, remove poverty, but that was not happening in India.
Her quest for answers led her to study science policy at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore where she explored interdisciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy. She emerged as an authority in the field of environmental impact, and became deeply alarmed by the threat to biodiversity posed by biotechnology. Hearing the leaders of world agri-business describe their plan to control the world's supply of food and pharmaceuticals through the use of patented, genetically-engineered seeds, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, dedicated to opposing such ventures.
In 1991, Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds, and to oppose what she calls the colonization of life itself under the intellectual property and patent laws of the World Trade Organization agreement. Those laws, she says, have “only a negative function: to prevent others from doing their own thing; to prevent people from having food; to prevent people from having medicine; to prevent countries from having technological capacity.” She describes these laws as a “tool for creating underdevelopment.”
H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji’s motto in life is, “In the Service of God and humanity.” He left his home for the
Himalayan jungles and forests at the tender age of 8 years, under the guidance of his spiritual master, in order to live a
life devoted to God and in the service of humanity. Today, he is world renowned as a spiritual leader, visionary and divine
Thousands travel from across the globe simply to sit in his presence, to receive his “darshan.” He travels the world,
bringing the light of wisdom, inspiration, upliftment and the divine touch to thousands across the world.
Barbara Wiseman is the International President of The Earth Organization, an independent, worldwide non-profit organization that is bringing rational solutions to the planet’s environmental situations. Over the past 35 years, Barbara Wiseman has worked with a variety of international organizations, from helping displaced refugees to resettle in their new American homes, to introducing effective management technology to business and government leaders in Russia and Mexico.