May 22, 2024  
2018-2019 University Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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BWS 288 - African Environmentalism

3 hours
From the earliest records of human civilization in Africa, there is a clear anthropomorphism of nature. All true ecological examinations of Africa must begin at this point. Much of what has been called “fetish” in Africa has to do with the African recognition of the sacred bond and interdependence that humans have with nature. This course will journey through African mythology art and religious symbols to find evidence of nature appreciation and conservation. We will explore the nature conservation practices that African people brought to the Americas during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Lastly we will probe into the current, Afrocentric environmental justice movement in Africa and in the diaspora. The course will cover the life stories of African environment champions like Ken Saro-Wiwa, Wangari Maathai, Benjamin Chavis, Majora Carter, and many others.



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