EXPLORING SANCTITY OF THE MOTHER-EARTH (ILÊ) IN YORUBA AS ADVOCACY FOR EARTH SUSTAINABILITY

Samson Olugbemiga Dada

Abstract


“Exploring sanctity of the mother-earth (Ilê) in Yoruba…” is a reconsideration of the wealth of Yoruba words and worldview to establish her customary regard for earth and its component parts. This paper noted that the race have had generational respect for sustaining the environment by virtue of her cosmological, cultural, ethical and religious beliefs. Meanwhile, a break-away from this regard for mother-earth emerged at a point when ‘civilization’ came in to the near-total abandon of her heritages that kept the earth sustained for generation (Makinde, 2012:56). Today, the landscape suffers depletion with attendant consequences upon the citizenry. Unfortunately, the population goes about oblivious of the looming danger. This writer asserted that governmental approaches at tackling the issues were only channeled towards seasonal addresses. It therefore called for a systematic and symbiotic education of the citizenry using the once known channels of cosmology, culture, beliefs, taboos and language. This has to cut across all age groups and status of people. The paper recommended that earth/environmental management should go beyond the enforcement approach at educating the populace by the government. It recommended that school curriculums be redesigned to accommodate sustainable earth education. It also advocate for intensified citizen-government partnership environmental participation and education. This shall be intensified through societal-communal health workers and government services.


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