Health is about life and living systems—and the "philanthroempirilaism” peddled by Bill Gates is a threat to both.
In her latest book, “Oneness vs. the 1%,” Vandana Shiva doesn’t hold back when it comes to Gates. The billionaire’s attempts to push his “solutions” on the world serve only to increase his own wealth and power, Shiva says.
Meanwhile, democracy, biodiversity, nature and culture are “erased.”
The health emergency of COVID-19 is “inseparable from the health emergency of extinction, the health emergency of biodiversity loss, and the health emergency of the climate crisis,” Shiva says, and is rooted in the worldview that humans are separate—and superior to—other beings.
“As we clear-cut forests, as we turn farms into industrial monocultures that produce toxic, nutritionally empty commodities, as our diets become degraded through industrial processing with synthetic chemicals and genetic engineering, and as we perpetuate the illusion that earth and life are raw materials to be exploited for profits, we are indeed connecting. But instead of connecting on a continuum of health by protecting biodiversity, integrity and self-organization of all living beings, including humans, we are connected through disease.”
Our survival hinges on whether we resist the “war on life”—or whether we allow our humanity to be extinguished by a “greed machine” that knows no limits.