The Earth University teaches Earth Democracy, which is the freedom for all species to evolve within the web of life, and the freedom and responsibility of humans, as members of the Earth family, to recognize, protect, and respect the rights of other species. Earth Democracy is a shift from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism. And since we all depend on the Earth, Earth Democracy translates into human rights to food and water, to freedom from hunger and thirst.
As Gandhi said, the Earth has enough for everyone’s needs , but not for a few people’s greed. He cultivated non-violence at every level, from paradigms of Science and technology to structures of politics and economics.
The course explores the relevance of his ideas and practice of Swaraj (self-governance), Swadeshi (local production and self-reliance), Sarvodaya (wellbeing of all) and Satyagraha (non-violent civil disobedience based on the force of truth), Gandhi, to create and defend people’s economic and political freedom in the midst of multiple crises – ecological, economic, social, political.