International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF CHURCH PROLIFERATION: THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD AS A CASE STUDY
IBIYINKA OLUSOLA ADESANYA

Abstract
The environmental effects of proliferation of churches continued to be a major concern to all and particularly those in the mainstream of environmental protection. So disturbing has it become that analysts begin to think of the need for a legal framework to tackle the menace. This paper appraised the extent of proliferation of churches with particular reference to The Redeemed Christian Church of God. Churches are noted to be springing up at an alarming and unprecedented rate in all available spaces, shops, warehouses, hotels, to mention but a few. Using both primary and secondary sources of data collection, the paper also listed and discussed some of the problems associated with the proliferation of churches, such as noise pollution, traffic congestion at the Redemption Camp, inhalation of exhaust gases and related air pollutants, improper ventilation and the collapse of weak structures being used. All these were noted to lead to various health hazards like suffocation, stress-induced ailments like hypertension, diabetes, hearing loss, alterations in cardiac functioning and the likes.The paper therefore concluded by recommending some stringent statutory environmental laws that could be enacted to solve the problems. Also, all stakeholders including government and religious bodies were advised to work together to introduce legal and administrative frameworks to manage the effects of this church proliferation.

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