The ecological think tank and advocacy group, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has announced plans for a School of Ecology on Shifting the Power Lines in Nigeria/Africa.
In a press statement made available to Prime Business Africa On Monday, the organisation are inviting interested persons to be a part of the efforts to deconstruct popular fossil imaginaries; to generate and amplify energy through solidarity to enable them build a climate resilient world in which everyone can all live in harmony with the environment.
The organization said it kick-started her School of Ecology (SoE) strongly in 2021 with the School of Anthropocene which held in January in collaboration with the University of Lyon. That session was a great move towards the organization’s plan to build stronger alliances for the change it seeks.
HOMEF, through her Ikike vehicle held a session of her SoE on Environmental Justice in April and will be holding five more sessions in the coming months. The focus for each session is well aimed at responding to prevailing environmental, biosafety/biosecurity and ultimately human rights issues. Topics in upcoming sessions include;
Shifting the Power Lines; Politics of the Sea; Political Ecology; Transforming the Earth; Biosafety, Biosecurity and Food Sovereignty.
HOMEF said dates for these sessions have been updated from what was previously planned at the beginning of the year. Details of these changes, including the topics to be covered for each session can be seen here
The organization said it is collaborating with Oilwatch regional groups in Latin America and South-East Asia on a project titled, Shifting the Power Lines with activities including Stilt Roots Dialogues with fishers, research on mangroves, poetry and coalescing of stories of resistance, resilience and innovation with regard to socio-political power relations and power modes from fishers in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia.
HOMEF noted that these stories which were built through popular participatory research/studies on aspects of local ecosystems (e.g. mangroves) are hooks for a thriving economic, socio-cultural life and community renewal, and will be used for continued advocacy to build demands for alternative energy, protection of our coastlines and security of livelihoods.
According to the organisation, the objectives of the project include pressuring governments to commit to shifting power modes from fossil fuels to renewables with the aim of building a fossil-free future and amplifying the actions of women and youths in the movement against energy colonialism, especially in the areas wracked by systemic environmental racism. This project will end with the session of School of Ecology on Tuesday and Wednesday July
27-28, 2021 at 10a.m WAT (GMT +1) daily.
HOMEF has promised that the session will be engaging, informative, thoughts provoking and actions propelling. Interested persons are hereby called on to register and join in via https://bit.ly/3yDgEdk.