Afrikan ekokriisin historiallisia ulottuvuuuksia

Historical Dimensions of the Ecological Crisis in Africa

Certain ill-defined concepts, such as "sustainable development" and "grassroots level", have recently acquired a dominant position in discussions concerning development. The author argues that (1) ecological questions provide the key to development issues both in Africa and elsewhere in the so-called Third World; (2) a return to traditional processes of production does not guarantee ecologically sustainable development; and (3) a "grassroots level" approach in practical development activities serves to eclipse truly important macro- level processes at work behind the scenes. The argument is illustrated by an examination of the structural features of Sub-Saharan civilisations and their relationship with nature from a long-term historical perspective.

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