Reflections from the foothills of Mt Kenya

Tabaro Dennis Nakutunda and Mashudu Takalani

The root causes of the crises
facing Africa today, like land grabbing and ecosystem
degradation, date back to colonialism and the human-centred
thinking that sees us as superior and having rights that
override those of other beings. This course reveals
Earth-centred laws and ways in which our traditional
cultures recognise the rights of other beings in Nature.
Human beings are part and parcel of creation. When we
recognise the rights of other beings in the web of life, to
be, to enjoy their habitat and participate in evolutionary
processes then we can begin to address these crises,” says
Dennis Tabaro, a former accountant turned EJ practitioner
from Uganda.


I had an opportunity to attend the graduation ceremony of the First Earth jurisprudence course, in the foothills of Mount Kenya.  It was indeed with sadness and joy seeing the graduates finally getting their certificates to advocate for the rights of nature in a different way but still with blessings from the elders of the Kikuyu in Kenya.

I was so excited to see these elders, who grew up learning from their ancestors that their ways of governing their territory was derived from the law of earth.

It was such a great experience hearing lots of stories from Dennis Nakutunda about how this course has changed his thinking to the point where he left his career as an accountant, to become an elder in his community.

The elders there provided a deep and enriching wisdom to the group, and I can see how critical their role is with the youth who so rarely would have strong elders in their lives these days.

Mashudu Takalani

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