Connecting the Niger Delta Dots: a Tribute, a Reflection, a Call to Action

Originally posted on Ventures Africa. I read my first poem by the Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa Sr when I was 12 years old. At the time, he was just another poet to me. I didn’t know that interaction would birth a life long journey through his writing in an attempt at having a … Continue reading Connecting the Niger Delta Dots: a Tribute, a Reflection, a Call to Action

The Delta I Used to know

  I grew up in Warri; a town that was, at the time, a hub for oil and gas activities in the Niger Delta. It was commonplace to see expatriates and their families walk their dogs in the evenings, cool off on the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic coast, and at times even, I remember … Continue reading The Delta I Used to know

Why the Niger Delta’s Disappearing Mangrove Forests Matter

The Niger Delta possesses the third largest mangrove forest in the world and the largest within Africa. Mangrove forests are significant because they help sustain local communities due to their ecological functions. The forests provide communities with goods, such as seafood, fuel wood, dye, stakes, medicine, and healthy fisheries, along with lifeforms, such as coral reef, that … Continue reading Why the Niger Delta’s Disappearing Mangrove Forests Matter

What is Health?

Sustainability International recognizes the complex nature of health and the importance of drivers, stressors, and determinants of health. Our mission surrounding health is “to improve health of indigenous peoples through community-based efforts that address health promotion and disease prevention.” The World Health Organization defines health as, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and … Continue reading What is Health?

What is Conservation?

Conservation includes the protection, preservation, and restoration of the natural environment. Protecting natural resources and ensuring responsible use of natural resources are paramount to conservation. The Niger Delta is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. However, vegetation and animal populations have been dwindling due to the region’s oil-polluted water and soil. For … Continue reading What is Conservation?

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For systems and processes to be sustainable, they must be able to be upheld over time. Thoughtful and informed decision­-making is vital to designing processes and taking action to preserve and protect environmental resources. These are the cornerstones of environmental sustainability. Right now, we’re working to revitalize the Niger Delta through our … Continue reading What is Sustainability?

The World’s Largest Mission to Clean Up Oil Pollution

The United Nations Environment Programme released a report in 2011 that detailed the extent of decades worth of oil pollution in the Niger Delta. Key findings from the report indicate that the pollution penetrated the region further and deeper than previously thought. The effort to clean the Niger Delta “could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and … Continue reading The World’s Largest Mission to Clean Up Oil Pollution

Oil, Pollution, and Lives Cut Short: Health in the Niger Delta

More than 500 oils spills occurred in the Niger Delta in 2014. Thousands of other spills took place over more than 50 years of oil operations in the region. The pollution from these spills has caused a health crisis. Pollution from the spills has contaminated the air, drinking water, groundwater, surface water, vegetation, land including contamination underground, … Continue reading Oil, Pollution, and Lives Cut Short: Health in the Niger Delta

About Us

Welcome to our blog! We’ll share updates related to what we’re working on and where we’re headed. Here at Sustainability International, we focus on three main pillars: sustainability, conservation, and health. Through sustainability, we seek to improve environmental sustainability in the developing countries through field research, training, and technical assistance. Through conservation, we seek to conserve ecosystems … Continue reading About Us