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Ecological sustainability: reinvigorate and emulate African principles of life or cease to exist?

Show simple item record Mukoni, Manuku 2017-05-29T11:52:36Z 2017-05-29T11:52:36Z 2015
dc.identifier.issn 2224-4441
dc.description A publication by Mrs Manuku Mukoni a Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.description.abstract This contribution presupposes that revitalization of African principles of life would significantly enhance ecological sustainability. It has argued that for ecological sustainability to be achieved there is need to revitalize and emulate African principles of life which appreciated and operated within nature’s limits, if the world is not to go extinct, as survival and a decent life depends on sustainable harnessing of nature and nature’s provision of stable resources. The paper concedes that leaving the African principle of life idle and latent is just as good as committing suicide as modern ways of life prove to be contrasting approaches to ecological sustainability. The paper also revealed that growing economies through competitive global capitalism with its associated model of development based on principles of individualism, greediness, competition, exploitation and inequality are proving unsustainable thereby necessitating a relook to the south for alternative approaches to development and ways of life that are equitable and sustainable. The paper creates a space for critical, innovative and reflexive deliberations, on new development models that incorporates African perspectives by contending that development models must strive to consolidate what was good in traditional Africa with present ideals if the future is to remain meaningful, certain and realistic It must be acknowledged however that the hallmark of this paper is reflexivity and not a recipe. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Asian Economic and Social Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Humanities and Social Science;Vol. 5, No. 9: p. 514-521
dc.subject Ecological sustainability en_US
dc.subject African worldview en_US
dc.subject Holism, communalism en_US
dc.subject Solidarity en_US
dc.title Ecological sustainability: reinvigorate and emulate African principles of life or cease to exist? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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