This book proffers a drastic but highly effective recommendation to curb the wanton degradation in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The overall objective is to preserve its environment for posterity, by tweaking the ethic underlying environmental protection laws in Nigeria to a less anthropocentric one.
The book explores some improvements that have been suggested in existing literature which should be adopted to make the extant system work better. It however argues that the impact of such reforms would be enhanced if the ethic underlying the Nigerian environmental protection laws is changed to a less anthropocentric one; and one way of doing so is to constitutionalize nature’s right to exist for posterity. This right will be enforceable by individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations and Environmental Protection Agencies, any or all of whom will act as a ‘guardian’ for nature in a specialist environmental court.
This proposal is in no way a ‘magic bullet’ but can help promote social change so long as there is genuine involvement of all categories of stakeholders – government and non-governmental institutions, communities and private sector organizations.