School of Ecology
Our School of Ecology is a knowledge space for the interrogation of concepts, policies and actions on various issues, ranging from environmental/climate justice, agriculture, re-source democracy and overall socio-ecological transformation. Our SoEs are central to our efforts to build participants’ reasoning power, intellect and rights.
The school challenges mindsets and points at alternatives aimed at building wellbeing without harming our planet, other species and peoples.
The school aims at:
- Influencing discourse on pathways to wellbeing, justice and inclusive progress
- Building advocacy capacity for policies in favour of a justice-based transition from polluting pathways and over-consumption of resources.
- Promoting the rights of Mother Earth, biodiversity-based economies and the respect of traditional knowledge and wisdom
- Building solidarity, and supporting networks of individuals, communities and organizations in the quest for socio-ecological justice.
- Exposing false solutions especially in the areas of technofixes, climate change and food production
- Dismantling coloniality and mindsets that drive towards destructive transformation of Nature and
- Providing a safe learning space
The first session of the school held in Benin city, Nigeria. At present, the school is not a physical structure. Location of each session is chosen based on its relationship to the topic at hand and the current need/challenges in any city or community.
Our target scholars are youths with a mix of older people in government and private sector who can help effect the change we seek. Participants are selected based on expertise, interest and a commitment to learn and contribute significantly to the subject/issue of focus. Each session which usually lasts for 2 days or more features multiple instigators/speakers to allow for in-depth interrogation of the subject at hand. They are professionals drawn from all parts of the world
So far, we have covered the following themes in different cities, in some occasions hosting virtual session or hybrid sessions of both physical and virtual attendance.