One man’s Ebola is another man’s Swine Flu. ‘Bushmeat’ vs Venison.

The Ebola virus has killed over 5000 people in a small part of West Africa and now needs the maximum response from local and international health care organisations to slow the transmission rate and save lives. Recently there has been some discussion on how Ebola was transmitted to humans with speculation that the trade in venison or game … Continue reading One man’s Ebola is another man’s Swine Flu. ‘Bushmeat’ vs Venison.

In Africa, the Past is Not a Foreign Country

In L.P. Hartley’s novel The Go-Between he writes, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” In dealing with conservation and sustainable development I frequently encounter the opposite – the past echoes through to the present continuously and a consideration of history is essential for understanding the present. The problem with sustainable … Continue reading In Africa, the Past is Not a Foreign Country

Kill the Poachers: Death, Drones and Dickheads

There are few places, even in the Wild West that is the internet, that you can get away with calling for summary execution of other human beings and not attract some censure.  When you start describing the parts of their body you would like to cut off and the nature of the slow death which you … Continue reading Kill the Poachers: Death, Drones and Dickheads

Towards an African Epistemology of Nature

Epistemology – now there’s a word you don’t encounter in every day conversation! It simply means a set of beliefs about the world which inform our perception of reality. In a formal sense it’s the study of knowledge – the study of epistemology investigates the origin, nature, methods and limits of human knowledge. So what … Continue reading Towards an African Epistemology of Nature