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Environmental Justice: Conversation with Oronto Douglas, Nigerian Environmental Activist; by Harry Kreisler, 5/4/01.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Oronto Douglas, who is a human rights attorney and environmental activist. He is Deputy Director of the Environmental Rights Action Group in Nigeria.

  1. Background ... birthplace ... impact of natural surroundings ... Ijaw people and their relation to the environment ... influence of parents ... education and role models ... .choice of environmental law
  2. You Can't Go Home Again ... changes at home ... discovery of "black gold" ... devastating effect on the land and people ... denial of survival strategies ... from colonialism to "internal colonialism" ... willful blindness of international consumers
  3. The Story of Ken Saro-Wiwa ... kangaroo trial ... execution ... strengthened activism after his death
  4. Environmental Activism ... current political situation in Nigeria ... consequences for the community and the individual ... raising consciousness ... political action in a globalized world ... possible responses of the oil companies
  5. Nigeria's Future ... political reform ... temporariness of oil ... resource control by the people ... ethnic identity ... ethnic tension stoked by oil interests
  6. Lessons Learned ... motivation ... advice to students ... interconnectedness of life on Earth

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