About

EtiUwem (Earthy Tales) are posts on environmental and social justice issues by Nnimmo Bassey.

Nnimmo Bassey (b.11 June 58) is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013). He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism. Bassey is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and has authored books on the environment, architecture and poetry. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of York, United Kingdom in July 2019. His books include We Thought it Was Oil, But It was Blood –Poetry (Kraft Books, 2002), I will Not Dance to Your Beat – Poetry (Kraft Books, 2011), To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (Pambazuka Press, 2012) and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War (Daraja Press, 2016).

 

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  1. I wish to partner with your foundation to engage in Environmental programmes most especially, environmental advocacy. I’m into Climate Change, environmental degradation and Pollution control studies as well as solving environmental problems.

      1. Hello I would like ask if you would have time to do a short interview with me about eco, social justice and peace activism and their interdependence. I wrote an article about this and am thinking of some good ways to follow-up, and I would like to know what you feel about it. The article is for the Rewilding Institute – will be in Rewilding Earth soon, but I can send a link to it’s first draft. And if you don’t have time for an interview I would be glad of any feedback or to hear your comments. https://medium.com/@rowan.kilduff/the-eco-social-justice-peace-movements-all-of-one-swift-ec5b7915582b
        I’d also to talk with you about art & poetry as activism — anyway, wish you all the best
        Many thanks, Rowan

  2. May you please share with AYEP….the recent publications regarding environmental development. Thanks

  3. Hi Mr. Bassey, I believe that you are right about the intended experimentation on the African continent of the Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes now be grown in Terni, Italy. Is the AU or African governments planning to avert this from being placed on the continent?

    1. Unfortunately African governments have not taken any position on the GM mosquitoes and most generally appear to think that anything technological must be great. The best hope is the maintenance of a global moratorium on these extreme genetic engineering schemes.

  4. Dear Mr. Bassey, We would be grateful to have a personal e-mailaddress of you in order to send you our official invitation to the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context for a keynote speech on June 3, 2019. Thank you very much, Juliette Wyler, University of Lucerne

  5. Hello I would like ask if you would have time to do a short interview with me about eco, social justice and peace activism and their interdependence. I wrote an article about this and am thinking of some good ways to follow-up, and I would like to know what you feel about it. The article is for the Rewilding Institute – will be in Rewilding Earth soon, but I can send a link to it’s first draft. And if you don’t have time for an interview I would be glad of any feedback or to hear your comments. https://medium.com/@rowan.kilduff/the-eco-social-justice-peace-movements-all-of-one-swift-ec5b7915582b
    I’d also to talk with you about art & poetry as activism — anyway, wish you all the best
    Many thanks, Rowan

    1. Hello Rowan,
      Thanks for reaching me. I have just read your article and particularly like the phrase, “The peace, social and ecological movements are not three movements, but one movement.” I agree that the highly unpredictable issues confronting the world today cannot be handled in silos. The challenges affect all beings in complex ways and must be tackled holistically with every hand on the deck, so to speak.
      Best regards
      Nnimmo

      1. Hi Nnimmo, I’d like to share this poem with you today, it’s from a book I’m working on called ”Fire songs, sky songs, mountains songs”; and a short book called ”an arrow let fly by the bow of the sky — Peace songs & non-haikus”, best wishes

        that young
        Indian woman
        Palestinian woman
        Afghani woman
        no-Nation woman
        Sky woman
        refugee woman
        Peace-walker, Walking woman that young
        woman carries her baby

        he / she is a song in the heart of the world

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