Association of Zimbabwean Traditionialist Ecologists (AZTREC)

The foundation of the Association of Zimbabwe Traditional Environmental Conservationists (AZTREC) was an outcome of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle “Chimurenga.” After political liberation in 1980, a new chimurenga ensued in Zimbabwe, concerned with the “liberation of creation.” AZTREC was a major force in this struggle to save Zimbabwe’s environment from destruction and exploitation. Based in the Masvingo Province in southern Zimbabwe, it remains a powerful grassroots environmental force composed of indigenous people, tribe chiefs, spirit mediums, and conservationists.

The philosophy of the association is grounded in the revitalization of indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions. AZTREC’s activities range from improving the situation of women in rural society to advocating the sustainable management of natural resources.

Further Readings: 
  • Carmody, John. Ecology and Religion: Toward a New Christian Theology of Nature. New York: Paulist Press, 1983.
  • Daneel, Marthinus L. African Earthkeepers: Wholistic Interfaith Mission. New York: Orbis Books, 2001.
  • Daneel, Marthinus L. “African Initiated Churches in Southern Africa: Protest Movements or Mission Chruches.” In African Humanities Program, AH33. Boston: African Studies Center, 2000.