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01 Preserving the Earth

Africa. Observatory.

Earth Keeping in Africa

Conserve the Environment
02 Indigenous Forms of Ecology

Our. Aim.

The Africa Observatory aims to pay attention to indigenous forms of ecology and how these serve to conserve the environment and contribute to a more healthy and balanced ecosystem.

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03 Model for Preserving Earth

Earth. Keeping.

Using a spiritual idea found in a number of African indigenous traditional societies as a point of departure, the African Observatory will explore how human beings can be earth keepers rather than earth exploiters. We seek to harness and mobilise indigenous forms of nature conservation as a way of engaging with what has come to be described as the age of the Anthropocene. “Earth keeping” not only provides us with a theme and model for preserving the earth, it offers a critique of local and global practices (especially global capitalism), that have contributed to the degradation of the African environment.

“Human beings are earth keepers rather than earth exploiters.”

African Observatory's main hub: University of Pretoria.

05 Contributors & Researchers

Scholars. and. Community. Members.

Brown, Molly
Molly Brown
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du Plessis, Rory
Rory du Plessis
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du Preez, Amanda
Amanda du Preez
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Fasseltis, Rebecca
Rebecca Fasseltis
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Mambo, Alois S.
Alois S. Mlambo
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Ogude, James
James Ogude
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Pikirayi, Innocent
Innocent Pikirayi
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Wagner, Claire
Claire Wagner
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Wielenga, Cori
Cori Wielenga
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