Environmental communication consists of all forms of communication which keep the public enlightened about and aware of environmental issues and trends. It is the use of communication strategies to preserve, protect, and promote the environment of man, for man, through man. Man’s environment consists of all that are external to him, including his interactional relationship with them. This means that man is constantly interacting with the environment and this interactional relationship could lead to environmental problems.
This brings us to today’s lecture on culture and environment. Culture is the totality of values, lifestyle and belief system of a people. Culture shapes the uniqueness of a people’s way of life. Some cultural practices lead to man-made environmental problems – land pollution, air pollution, water pollution, or noise pollution.
But we can’t tell people to stop their festivals or such cultural practices they cherish which cause pollution of any sort. It is our duty to identify the environmental problems that a specific cultural activity causes and design a convincing means of letting the people involved know how to address the problems associated with that practice.
Watch this very short video below and answer the questions that follow;
This video shows a seriously cherished practice among Voodoo followers in the tiny West African country, Benin Republic. Don’t forget that religion is an aspect of culture. Certain people are known for specific religious practices which is a part of their life style. In Benin Republic, Voodoo is a religious practice identified with their culture.
So as an environmental communicator what will you do in such a situation where it is glaring that a specific practice could cause environmental problem?
1. Define culture in one sentence using your own words.
2. What is the relationship between culture and environment? State in not more than two sentences.
3. Identify the specific environmental problems the Voodoo ceremony in that video you watched is causing (land, water, air, or noise pollution – which ones?). Any one you mention you should tell us how it is causing it.
(Warning: Please Be careful with your answer because this is Voodoo we are talking about here; so that they will not come after you spiritually from Cotonou ooo!!!!)
Your response MUST come in before 6.30pm on Tuesday so I can look at it and post before 7pm.
Post your answer as a reply to this post. Two similar answers will not be graded and I won’t post them. Only those who participated in this quiz will do the group practical work in class when we meet for the next lecture.
Don’t just try to be wise, you can’t beat us in this game.