The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience (Google eBook)

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Lantern Books, 2004 - Nature - 117 pages
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Africa's future is the subject of fierce debate, with the media full of warnings about environmental and economic collapse. Development workers continue to create supposed solutions to the problems they see, with little effect and much controversy. While these outsiders haggle over projections and prophecies, Africans are working on a variety of small, grassroots projects that may change the course of their future.

The Green Belt Movement is an internationally acclaimed tree-planting movement founded by Kenyans and run by and for Kenyans. The organization, which has planted millions of trees throughout East Africa in order to provide sources of fuel, food and a way to stop soil erosion and environmental degradation, is one example of an indigenous movement working to influence Africa's future. Many of its workers are women.

In The Green Belt Movement, founder Wangari Maathai tells its story: why it started, how it operates, and where it is going. She includes the philosophy behind it, its challenges and objectives, and the specific steps involved in starting a similar grassroots environmental and social justice organization. The Green Belt Movement is the inspiring story of people working at the grassroots level to improve their environment and their country. Their story offers ideas about a new and hopeful future for Africa and the rest of the world.

  

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My hero. I did an intense research project on her. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 I believe. An amazing lady who began her movement by teaching the women and children in Africa, self worth ... Read full review

Contents

THE HISTORY OF THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT
6
THE OVERALL GOAL VALUES AND PROJECTS
33
THE ORGANIZATIONS STRUCTURE
55
FUNDING
59
ACHIEVEMENTS
63
CONSTRAINTS
75
LESSONS LEARNED
80
WHY BOTHER?
89
HOW TO ESTABLISH AND RUN A GREEN BELT TREEPLANTING CAMPAIGN THE TENSTEP PROCEDURE
93
THE REPLICATION OF THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT
102
THE WAY FORWARD
111
AN INTERVIEW WITH WANGARI MAATHAI
125
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Page ix - Peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment. Maathai stands at the front of the fight to promote ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development in Kenya and in Africa. She has taken a holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women's rights in particular. She thinks globally and acts locally.
Page xii - I want to express my profound appreciation for this honour, which will serve to encourage women in Kenya, in Africa, and around the world to raise their voices and not to be deterred. When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope. We also secure the future for our children. One of the first things I did yesterday when I got the extraordinary news about this prize was to plant a Nandi flame tree. . . . So, on this wonderful occasion, I call on Kenyans and those around the world...
Page xii - I say that many wars are fought over resources, which are becoming increasingly scarce across the earth. If we did a better job of managing our resources sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. So, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace.
Page xi - Kenya over the past 30 years are a testament to individuals' ability to change the course of environmental history. Working together, we have proven that sustainable development is possible; that reforestation of degraded land is possible; and that exemplary governance is possible when ordinary citizens are informed, sensitized, mobilized and involved in direct action for their environment.
Page ix - Maathai combines science, social commitment and active politics. More than simply protecting the existing environment, her strategy is to secure and strengthen the very basis for ecologically sustainable development.
Page 8 - Considering the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Human Environment, held in Stockholm in...
Page x - Maathai is a strong voice speaking for the best forces in Africa to promote peace and good living conditions on that continent.

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Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940. She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which, through networks of rural women, has planted over 30 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya's Parliament in the first free elections in a generation, and in 2003, she was appointed Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2004, she has three grown children and lives and works in Nairobi.

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