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Environmental problems and sustainable development (a study of the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria) : a terra incognita

Umweltprobleme und nachhaltige Entwicklung (eine Studie des Niger Delta Region von Nigeria)

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  • The tendency towards the exploitation of the resources of creation is the result of a long historical and cultural process. The modern African Communities have witnessed man’s growing capacity for environmental transformative intervention. The aspect of the conquest and exploitation of resources in rural communities such as in the Niger Delta of Nigeria has become predominant and invasive, and has even reached the point of threatening the environment’s hospitable function: the environment only as resource risks threatening the environment asThe tendency towards the exploitation of the resources of creation is the result of a long historical and cultural process. The modern African Communities have witnessed man’s growing capacity for environmental transformative intervention. The aspect of the conquest and exploitation of resources in rural communities such as in the Niger Delta of Nigeria has become predominant and invasive, and has even reached the point of threatening the environment’s hospitable function: the environment only as resource risks threatening the environment as home. In this respect, the ethical judgement of the social realities on ground is very decisive. And this is the very important aspect where the Catholic Social Ethics has a role to play. Because of the environmental crisis in this region through technological advancement, there is urgent need for a balance through the introduction of the model of a sustainable development. The socio-ethical model of sustainability in this work is a framework so constructed that women, men, families and communities in the Niger Delta are to be the agents which determine what their developmental strategies are. Although their developmental opportunities and decisions are sometimes constrained by various factors, it remains the fact that they alone bear responsibility for their environment and must live with the consequences. So if sustainable development in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria is to extend beyond narrow technical understanding, it must one that generally seek to embrace the cultural and social systems of the people. This will go a long way in reducing dependency and increase self-empowerment and will place more value on what the people understand and practice. Bede Chinedum Nwadinobi, a native of Alike Obowo in Imo State (Nigeria), is a Catholic Priest of Okigwe Diocese (Nigeria). He studied Philosophy and Theology at St. Joseph Major Seminary Ikot-Ekpene. He also worked as a Vice-Principal of Queen of Apostles College Okigwe (Nigeria). At the University of Würzburg (Germany), he earned his doctorate in Catholic Theology specializing in Catholic Social Science.show moreshow less
  • Umweltprobleme und nachhaltige Entwicklung (eine Studie des Niger Delta Region von Nigeria)

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Author: Chinedum Bede Nwadinobi
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-117624
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Granting Institution:Universität Würzburg, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät
Faculties:Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät / Institut für Praktische Theologie
Referee:Prof. Dr. Droesser Gerhard, Prof. Dr. Udeani Chibueze
Date of final exam:2013/03/15
Language:English
Year of Completion:2013
Dewey Decimal Classification:2 Religion / 20 Religion / 200 Religion
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
GND Keyword:Nigeria; Nigerdelta; Umweltpolitik
Tag:Catholic Social Ethics
Release Date:2015/09/09
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht mit Print on Demand