Our first School of Ecology session for 2021 was in collaboration with Urban University of Lyon to host A l’Ecole de l’Anthropocene (School of the Anthropocene), which held in January. That session was a great move towards our plan to build stronger alliances and collaborations for the change we seek.

HOMEF’s focus for 2021 is ‘Building Webs of Resistance and Change’, and will be pursued on all fronts, but especially through our Ikike vehicle. We will be holding five more sessions of our School of Ecology this year and the focus for each session is well selected to respond to prevailing environmental, biosafety/biosecurity and human rights issues. 

The focus, topics and dates for each session are in the table below. Here is a brief introduction to the first session:

The concept and subject of Environmental Justice deserves to gain traction and be taught to a wider audience if we must restore our critically dilapidated environment, especially as seen in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.

The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies must be enforced. This, HOMEF believes can only be achieved when there is equitable distribution of environmental risks and benefits; fair and meaningful participation in environmental decision-making; recognition of community ways of life, local knowledge and cultural difference; and communities and individuals have the capabilities to function and flourish in any given society.

We believe it is pertinent that we reinforce knowledge on Environmental Justice and build resilience while creating/strengthening webs of resistance towards the change we seek to see in our environment.

To be a part of any of these sessions, do follow us on all our social media handles, as the registration links will be shared accordingly. To ensure wide participation, the sessions will be in a combination of virtual and small cluster sessions. You may register in advance for any of the sessions by completing the form at https://forms.gle/sKu8kiA7BU5oCtnP7

No 1: Environmental Justice

April 6 – 7, 2021

  • Man and the Environment (Ecosystem Functions, Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Environmental stressors, Biodiversity Hotspots and Threats, Global Environmental Problems, Environmental Policy and Legislation)
  • The cost of extractives
  • Present Production and consumption models – what threats? 
  • Citizens Action – Looking into the cash pot
  • Ecocide and the carbon crimes (e.g. the implications of carbon credits)
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Re-source democracy, Just Transition; Well-being Economy
  • Upscaling grassroots voices for Environmental Justice 
  • Building Alliances for Environmental Justice

No 2: Biosafety, Biosecurity and Food Sovereignty

May 4-5, 2021

  • Biosafety Laws in light of the African Model Law: The Gaps and the Opportunities
  • Threats to Biosafety and Biodiversity. (GMOs, Gene Drives, Deforestation)
  • Biosafety, Biosecurity and Food Systems
  • Synthetic Biology: Environmental and Economic Implications
  • Genetic Engineering: Ecological, health and security issues
  • What’s on our plates – A walk through the 3years research
  • Which way forward for Biosafety and Food sovereignty in Africa

No 3: Shifting the Power Lines

July 8 – 10, 2021

  • Introduction to Climate Change/Climate Science
  • Political Economy, Power Alternatives & the Development Pathways
  • Overview of existing legal strategies and Climate litigation
  • False Climate solutions
  • Climate Justice (Grassroots Solutions; Energy and Re-source Democracy; Systemic Change)
  • Shifting the power lines and Power Alternatives in Africa
  • Building Movement for Clean Energy and Climate Actions
  • Clean Energy: Communities as Climate Actors
  • Justice in the Just Energy Transition in Africa
  • Pathways to Life after Oil

No 4: Transforming the Earth

Oct. 20 -23, 2021

  • Understanding technologies: traditional, modern, post-modern.
  • New and Emerging Technologies: Implications for Africa and Africans
  • Geoengineering: Fiddling with the Planetary Thermostat 
  • Eco-Colonialism and persistent coloniality
  • Technofixes: Solution or Threat?
  •  Introduction to the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ 4IR and the new techno-grab for Africa.
  • Sky, Sea and Land Grabs
  • AI, Robotics and Machines
  • Sustain-able innovative solutions as alternative to harmful emerging technologies
  • Regulating Emerging Technologies: The Pitfalls and the Opportunities

No 5: Political Ecology

Nov. 24 – 26, 2021

  • Counting ecological cost: Green New/Old deals, Green Capitalism, Blue economy
  • Politics of the Sea  
  • The State of Biodiversity in our Aquatic Ecosystem
  • Oceans, Geoengineering and new threats
  • Marine and Freshwater Protected Area: Learning from indigenous people
  • Stand for the Earth: Ecological monitoring (forest, oil communities, desertification)
  • Measures of wellbeing/Wellbeing economy, Re-source democracy
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