Article : Attitudes And Practices Towards Ecological Sustainability Of Homa Bay Town, Kenya


Attitudes And Practices Towards Ecological Sustainability Of Homa Bay Town, Kenya


Benson Okinyi Nyawade, Paul Omondi, Dr James Chelanga

Urban areas have twin reputations which are diametrically opposed to each other. On one hand, they have reputation for being the engines of socioeconomic development while on the other hand they are also the nerve centre of major environmental problems. For years now they have been places of passion, hopes and dreams however, they are entering an epoch of protracted crisis of sustainability marked with spatio-temporal variations across continents. In retrospect, the elevated scholarly attention, strategies for bridging between research and practice remain elusive, and efforts to understand and affect change towards more sustainable and resilient urban centers is unrealized in many countries. Significant to the needed changes is attitude towards sustainability which unfortunately is largely unexplored and often ignored. We detail findings of a study on attitudes and practices towards ecological sustainability of Homa Bay town, a fast growing urban settlement in western Kenya at the shoreline of Lake Victoria. It is established that practices such as poor waste disposal, pollution, environmental degradation of ecologically sensitive areas, inefficient public transport and limited citizen participation in urban governance is rife. Further, high knowledge of residents on sustainable urbanization has not been translated to ecologically sustainable practices due to an egoistic attitude. The role of egoistic attitude as opposed to biospheric attitude necessary for ecological sustainability is reported. It recommends attitudinal changes among residents and entrenched citizen participation in urban governance, waste management, biodiversity conservation and social sustainability.

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