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Environmental Protection and Public Policy

Even an infant knows that the most profound concern of humanity is for the preservation of, and enhancement of life for its own species, and this collective understanding tends to – or should – govern human undertakings, even when our purposes are declared to be altruistic…. To protect an ecosystem is to preserve more than just food; in addition it preserves the warehouse – often as yet undiscovered – of herbs, roots and barks whose healing potentials remain unquantifiable”. (Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, delivered the above message at town-hall meeting with the theme: The United Nations Environmental Assessment Report on Ogoni land: Issues and Responsibilities organised by the Rivers State Chapters of the National Association of Seadogs (Pirates Confraternity) in Port Harcourt and reproduced by The Guardian Newspaper Tuesday July 3rd, 2012).