HOMEF is an environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation. It is rooted in solidarity and in the building and protection of human and collective dignity.
We believe that neoliberal agendas driven by globalization of exploitation of the weak, despoliation of ecosystems and lack of respect for Mother Earth thrive mostly because of the ascendancy of enforced creed of might is right. This ethic permits the powerful to pollute, grab resources and degrade/destroy the rest simply because they can do so. HOMEF recognizes that this reign of (t)error can best be tackled through a conscious examination of the circumstances by which the trend crept in and got entrenched. HOMEF's work track is continuous political education that examines the roots of exploitation of resources, labour, peoples, territories, nations and regions. Through this HOMEF contributes to the building of movements for recovery of memory, dignity and harmonious living with full respect of natural cycles of Mother Earth.
Three key areas of focus are fossil politics, hunger politics and creating spaces for knowledge generation and sharing.
Although the massive dependence on fossil fuels has been seen as the major cause of global warming, wars and destruction, the world’s addiction to fossil fuels is yet to wane. The fossil fuels industry together with international finance institutions and the military complex continue to engineer the literal scrapping of the bottom of the barrel to squeeze out more fossil fuels completely ignoring the harm and the fact that they are non-renewable and will ultimately be abandoned or exhausted. The short-term logic that empowers this blind drive is one that worships profit and ignores the future of the planet and her children. HOMEF work on this track builds from the power of the communities who subsidise this perverse industry and who suffer gross despoliation. HOMEF believes that a transition from fossil fuels must be rapid and urgent and devoid of distractions by way of fuels and techno-fixes that either depend on the same infrastructure that has rigged in the crises or claim to provide solutions to the crises in order to sustain the current polluting logic.
This track asks the basic question: why are people hungry. It also looks at why obesity is increasingly becoming a problem in the world today. HOMEF works in the paradigm of food sovereignty, rejects modern agricultural biotechnology, including gene drive technologies and exposes the false premises of food aid and its exploitative and contaminating linkages.
Our Sustainability Academies provide the fundamental vehicle for the propagation of the change HOMEF works to build. The academy provides spaces for knowledge creation and sharing. Through this we work to eliminate ignorance and build self-reliance and confidence in the wisdom that has preserved and improved our environment over the millennia. The academy is not a physical structure, but rather fluid spaces for participatory learning. Through the academy HOMEF connects peoples and shares knowledge and ideas of what has worked or is working or would work. The space is vital for analyses and sharing of why and how communities are trained to acquiesce to exploitation, oppression and humiliation. The academy also helps to expose tokenistic actions to dull resistance and breed debilitating dependence. The Sustainability Academy is also a space for contest of ideas. The Sustainability Academy provides the space for our work on Fossil Politics and Hunger Politics.
The Academy has regular sessions each year with the length of one week each. Each session has at least one instigator/lecturer who inspires and challenges the people at separate meetings within that period. Target groups include:
- High school students
- Students in tertiary institutions
- Community people/other civil society activists
- Government officials/policy makers
The Advisory Board is composed of women and men who have distinguished themselves in the struggle for environmental justice and the rights of Mother Earth:
Chris Allan (USA) – Environmental health campaigner and philanthropy activist
Akinbode Oluwafemi (Nigeria) - Environmental justice campaigner
Siziwe Khanyile (South Africa) – Environmental justice campaigner
George B.K. Awudi (Ghana) – Climate justice campaigner
Evelyn Bassey (Nigeria) – Environmental justice campaigner
Esperanza Martinez (Ecuador) – Environmental justice/Political ecologist
Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria) – Environmental justice advocate
Pablo Solon (Bolivia) – Climate justice campaigner, diplomat and movement builder
Liz Hosken (UK) – Mother Earth rights advocate
Lim Li Ching (Malaysia) – Agro-ecologist and rights advocate