School of Ecology: HOMEF partners EcoleUrbaine de Lyon

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) will be partnering with EcoleUrbaine de Lyon in hosting her first School of Ecology (SoE) for 2021.

This partnership was officially announced at a virtual press conference held on Friday, January 15, 2021 to present the third edition of Ecole de l’Anthropocene (School of Anthropocene) 2021 organised by Ecoleurbaine de Lyon (Lyon urban school) in France. The School of Anthropocene will run for one week, from January 25, 2021.

The SoE which will form one of the sections of Al’Ecole de l’Anthropocene, will be examining the roots of resource exploitation with particular focus on food, extractivism and ecology.

Featuring in the SoE are Mariam Mayet of African Centre for Biosafety, South Africa and Mamadou Goita of IRPAD, Mali who will be speaking on “Who feeds the planet”; Firoze Manji of Daraja Press speaking on “Plantation and Extractivism” and Ikal Angelei of Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya, speaking on “Green Colonialism”. Nnimmo Bassey, Director of HOMEF will be co-moderating all panels at the SoE.

Speaking at the virtual press conference, Nnimmo Bassey expressed his concerns about the current geological age called the Anthropocene. He explained that humans have assumed a certain measure of exploitative control over the environment and earth’s resources.

To surmount challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and pollution which human activities are largely responsible for, terms such as sustainability have been coined.

According to him, “sustainability has been on the card for decades and everyone speaks about sustainable development. Yet the three circles of sustainability which include the economic, environment and social aspects- covering the 3Ps representing People, Planet and Profit- are not balanced in the scheme of corporate operations. Focus is mostly on the economic aspect of sustainability leading to economic systems of exploitation, destruction, dispossession and extractivism.”

 

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