CULTURAL HERITAGE
(PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT, LAND, WATER, CULTURE, & CLIMATE CHANGE)

One of Africa's biggest challenges is developing environmentally sustainable ways of living for its people. Green Africa is a weekly environmental discussion forum within the AV Framework, created to help mobilize a fresh understanding of Africa's responsibilities in the universal ecosystem and generate consensus for the right action with its Natural resources. The program is organized and represented by a wide range of grassroots organizations and experts on diverse scientific, social, and economics of green politics and environmental issues. Topics are centered around sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the environment through advocacies on changes in public policies and individual behavior in recognition of humanity, ecosystems, ecology, Climate change, health, and human rights.

The Environmental History of Africa

Africa's environmental history is written in the hearts of its people according to their demographics. Much of the primordial experience is reflected in the peoples' relationship with the earth rather than collecting precious zoological, metallurgical, and anthropological specimens or discovery proclamations. Nevertheless, many people have argued that the adverse effect of governance, economics, and sociology on the continent is causing the environment's quality to deteriorate at a profound pace.

Greener Africa's debut episode explores the process of interaction between native plants, soils, climate, and animals with human action and response over the period pre-1700 to 2000. Environmental history rarely falls neatly into specific dates, nor can a history encompass all of Africa rest on a fixed bookend date. In the late twentieth century, Africa's environment has changed from what Africans and outsiders observed in 1800. There are relatively widespread beliefs that degradation rather than merely change has been a dominant theme: the allegedly destructive processes include deforestation, erosion, loss of soil fertility, increasing drought, and biodiversity loss.

Media imagery and accounts of declining natural resources have dominated public perceptions of Africa. How accurate are these assertions of environmental decline? Who are the victims, and who are the perpetrators? What and where are the casualties? This discussion will encourage a test of those arguments and help illustrate the processes that shaped Africa's environmental history in the last few centuries of the millennium.


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African Views technical, scientific, and cultural research, analysis, reports, and public engagement on the Environment and Cultural Heritage

The Burden of Care for the Elderly in African Communities As Africa's population grows, so does the number of older people. Traditionally, extended families have taken care of elderly members but that's now changing, meaning aging Africans are facing new problems. Convincing people that elderly in Africa are in need of help is no easy task. The major preconception is that they live happily with their extended families, but old people with no family support have to rely on handouts from charities. Very few countries have pension systems set up to support their aging population in Africa. Most African countries do not have meaningful publicly managed pension and social security systems, though some form of pension coverage is available in a limited number of countries. For example, universal pension systems operate in Botswana, Mauritius and Namibia, whilst a means tested public pension is available in South Africa. Social pensions also operate in Lesotho and Senegal, whilst occupation pensions are available, albeit for a limited percentage of the population, in countries such as Nigeria and Kenya. However, it should be noted that the majority of people in the region work in the informal sector and are therefore not covered by these schemes, implying that they rely on informal arrangements and their own/ family resources. What social schemes are available to cover pensions and health benefit for dependent aging population in African countries? What are the opportunity costs of not having adequate health care infrastructure for the elderly in African communities?
GREEN AFRICA: Deforestation! ABOUT THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: It is estimated that with 30 percent of the world's tropical forests, the rate of deforestation in Africa exceeds the global annual average of 0.8 percent. While deforestation in other parts of the world is mainly caused by commercial logging or cattle ranching the leading causes in Africa are associated with human activity. One of Africa's biggest challenges is the need to develop environmentally sustainable ways of living for its people. We hope that by understanding the processes that shaped Africa's environmental history in the last few centuries, we can begin to decipher the necessary environmental adjustment and encourage a positively practical sustainable environment. ABOUT GREEN AFRICA One of Africa's biggest challenges is the need to develop environmentally sustainable ways of living for its people. Green Africa is a weekly environmental discussion on AV radio, created to help mobilize a fresh understanding of Africa's responsibilities in the universal ecosystem and generate consensus for right action. The program is organized and represented by a wide range of grassroots organizations and experts on a diverse scientific, social, and economics of green politics and environmental issues. Topics are centered around sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the environment through advocacies on changes in public policies and individual behavior in recognition of humanity, ecosystems, ecology, health, and human rights. The show is brought to you by Center for Media and Peace Innitiatives (CMPI), Amandla News, Beyond Oil, and African Views (AV). Host: Ernest K. Opong Host: Dan Miner Director: Dr. Uchenna Alexius Ekwo Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade Quality control: William A. Verdone