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Ecological Democracy

The last century has seen many national movements successfully liberating countries from colonial rule. But since the last quarter of the twentieth century, we have witnessed world-wide schizophrenia in our ‘development’ policies.

Global players like the US and European Union and arms of their economic hegemonies such as the World Bank and I.M.F. have forced governments to adopt policies which are resulted in a serious all round crisis, including an ecological crisis.

On the other hand there is a multitude of UN Conferences on various dimensions of the ecological crisis. To understand this schizophrenia and to evolve policy frameworks to respond to this crisis from the ecological swaraaj perspective is the need of the hour.

Our online journal www.ecologicaldemocracy.net  is an effort to bring cohesion to the efforts of all who believe in the idea of ecological swaraaj.

 

Message from Sher Bahadur Deuba, former PM of Nepal

It is my pleasure to know about the launch of the e-journal "Ecological Democracy" under the editorship of Mr. Vijay Pratap. It, according to me, is a very timely idea as it is going to be launched when the impacts of human civilization on nature are being more keenly felt now than ever before. If we follow today's development debate many people argue as if there can be no development of the human race without damage to the environment. The fact that nature has limited resources which need to be used intelligently and wisely still needs to be internalized within development paradigms. I am confident to state that this initiative will contribute a lot in strengthening dialogue on the very theme. I congratulate the team including the editor, and advisors, and wish the journal all the success in the future.

Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader of Nepal’s 60 year old social democratic party – the Nepali Congress, has served his nation in the capacity of Prime Minister for three terms in the decade from 1995 to 2005.

Message from former President of Finland Hon. Tarja Halonen for Ecological Democracy

The launch of the web journal "Ecological Democracy" will offer a possibility to continue the discussion on sustainable development and to provide detailed information on its various aspects, including good governance. I welcome the launch of the journal and wish the journal all the success in its aspirations.

Hon. Tarja Halonen was Finland's President from 2000 to 2012.