African Environmental Ethics and Values in the 21st Century

21 to 23 May 2010


Conference at University of North Texas in May 2010

The Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP), in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas (UNT), located in Denton, Texas, United States in collaboration with the Center for African Environmental, Human and Societal Ethics in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria, and the African Environmental and Societal Research Network, will hold its first conference on "African Environmental Ethics and Values in the 21st Century." African peoples and nations have had a complex history and development. In earlier times, they had a humane and peaceful society and environment informed by a sound ethics. Owing to the dialectics of nature and relationships, they are experiencing developmental challenges which have impacted negatively on their environment. They are grappling with nationality issues arising from governmental, administrative difficulties and this, in association with social issues have brought vices of corruption, environmental injustice, wars resulting to unhappiness and misery among her populace. Although she is a land of milk and honey (natural resources), the lack of contemporary eco-friendly ethics has brought about national dislocations and resurrected the forces of ethnicism, exploitation and class struggles, animal cruelty, environmental pollution and degradation, etc.

The conference begins at 1:00 p.m. on May 21 and ends at 12:00 noon on May 23. There will be a reception on the evening of May 21. There is no registration fee. All sessions are in EESAT 130 at the University of North Texas, 1704 W. Mulberry, Denton, TX 76203.

Conference Papers

  • Pat O. Agboro, University of Lagos, Nigeria
    African Environmental Ethics: A Creation of Distorted Values
  • Kwame Badu Antwi-Boasiako and William Forbes, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
    Some Fundamentals of Conservation in South and West Africa
  • Chigbo Ekwealo, University of Lagos, Nigeria
    African Environmental Ethics and Values in the 21st Century
  • Trish Glazebrook, Dalhousie University
    Gendering Climate Agenda: Women Subsistence Farmers in Northeast Ghana
  • Workineh Kelbessa, Addis Ababa University,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Can African Environmental Ethics Contribute to Environmental Policy in Africa?
  • Chukwugozie Maduka, University of Benin, Nigeria
    Crises over BENIN CITY Moats and Traditional Grounds: Ought They to be Restored to Their Prime State, Sustained in Their Present Form or Transformed to Promote Environmental Aesthetics and Sanitation?
  • Annie Solange Kouakui Ngowandji, The University of Yaounde, Cameroon
    Environmental Ethics and Values in African Philosophy in the Age of Globalization and Capitalism
  • Jane Okwako, Western Michigan University
    Community, Conservation and Collaborative Practice: The Institutional Origins and Dimensions of Sustainability Ethics in Kenya
  • Peter Osimiri, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
    The African World View and the Question of Interspecies Justice

See Conference Schedule

Questions should be directed to Dr. Chigbo Ekwealo, Conference Coordinator ( or Dr. Gene Hargrove, Director of CEP ( Website:



 CEP - May 16, 2010