Volume 2 Issue 3 Article 2

Ethical Implication of Environmental Crises on African Societies A Challenge to Future Humanity.

Writer(s): Joseph Nkang Ogar 1,

African societies are becoming aware of the shortcomings of Western capitalist value system, because of its aftermath on individual, society, and environment. Many of African conservationist values, moral attitudes and ways of life have been destroyed by the exploitative capitalist ethos of European colonialism and modernity. Three decades of African countries trying to build their economies like the Western models have left her people wallowing in poverty, and her environment exposed to hazards. With this new imbibed Western values, Africa population will continue to rise, as well as innovation in science and technology, thus, there is a growing need to put adequate measures in place against further environmental degradation. This paper tends to show the ethical implication of environmental crises on African societies. It concludes with the need for Africans to jettison western anthropocentric, capitalist and individualist value for her communal value. This paper further acknowledges that due to modernity, African value systems such as taboo and totems are being outdated. This paper proposed that scientific methods of environmental conservation and Christian ethics in the spirit of African communitarianism can go a long way in curbing ecological problems within the continent. This work is carried out with the philosophical method of analysis and exposition.



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Joseph Nkang Ogar. (2019). Ethical Implication of Environmental Crises on African Societies A Challenge to Future Humanity.. Ulusal Çevre Bilimleri Araştırma Dergisi, 2 ( 3 ) , 109-115. http://ijepem.com/volume-2/issue-3/article-2/

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@article{2019, title={Ethical Implication of Environmental Crises on African Societies A Challenge to Future Humanity.}, volume={2}, number={3}, publisher={International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Environmental Modelling}, author={Joseph Nkang Ogar}, year={2019}, pages={109-115} }

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Joseph Nkang Ogar. Ethical Implication of Environmental Crises on African Societies A Challenge to Future Humanity.. no. 2 International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Environmental Modelling, (2019), pp. 109-115.