At the recent International Womenâs Earth and Climate Initiative Summit, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva discuss their decades of work devoted to protecting nature and saving future generations from the dangers of climate change.
VANDANASHIVA: ”I was born in a beautiful valley called Doon Valley in the Himalaya. And I took for granted that the forests and rivers I had grown with would be there forever, because they were. And then, in the early ’70s, the streams started to disappear, the forests started to disappear. That’s around the time peasant women of our area just rose and started the movement, Chipko, which means to embrace, to hug. And the movement basically was women saying we’ll put our bodies before the trees so you can’t cut them, because these trees are our mothers, they give us food, fuel, water, but more importantly, they give us soil, water and pure air.”
I asked Madeline to come in and read for the part. I said, “Show me your legs.” She said, “What the hell is this, a 1930’s Broadway musical? Who are you, Warner Baxter in 42nd Street?” I said, “You gotta have the legs, because if you’re gonna play Marlene Dietrich, you’ve gotta straddle a chair.” She said, “You’re not gonna touch them?” And I never did. She had the most gorgeous legs ever. And nobody else could sing “I’m Tired” with that slightly off-key Sprechstimme style.