In reviewing Ethiopia’s laws, countryman Melesse Damtie finds most of them to be anthropocentric rather than biocentric. Ethiopia has many Western legal orientations, especially its anthropocentricism, reflected around the globe. Damtie warns that because of this global anthropocentricism, ‘the Earth’s life support system may not see the end of the [21st] century’ [ewl, 159].
In democratizing and modernising Ethiopia, have we thrown the baby out with the the bath water? Ancient cultures, such as those in Ethiopia, with a biocentric view, peacefully coexisted with nature for millennia. Damtie suggests we have much to learn from these ancient, indigenous, local cultures. He urges us to save them before it’s too late [ewl, 169].