Cultural Turn to Biodiversity Conservation

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Fredrick Mugira
April 27, 2015

Summary
Indigenous people have a broad knowledge of how to live sustainably. However, formal education systems have disrupted the practical everyday life aspects of indigenous knowledge and ways of learning, replacing them with abstract knowledge and academic ways of learning.

Suggested introduction
The dominance of the western culture in Uganda and several other developing countries has drawn the young generation away from their culture. This has undermined the potential of indigenous knowledge in solving social problems such as environmental degradation. And yet it is apparent that even with rapid advancement in western science and technologies, the global environment of the twenty first century is still being degraded.

This feature by Fredrick Mugira calls for a cultural turn to biodiversity conservation.

CUE IN: “While I was growing up …
CUE OUT: …sustainable biodiversity and ecosystems.”

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