TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
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TAKING ROOT: Resources for Community Engagement
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Wangari Maathai podcast
Listen to a February 9, 2009 interview with Wangari Maathi, prior to a briefing before Congress to include strong tropical forest protection measures in U.S. climate change legislation.
Nobelprize.org: Wangari Maathai
Read a biography of Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2004.
The New York Times: Questions for Mrs. Clinton
Peruse this January 2009 article, wherein Maathai shares three questions she would like to see Hillary Clinton answer as secretary of state. (Scroll down for Maathai’s questions.)
The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and Experience
By Wangari Maathai
(Lantern Books, 2004)
Read Maathai’s personal story of the Green Belt Movement and the challenges and steps involved in starting a grassroots social justice organization.
Unbowed: A Memoir
By Wangari Maathai
In her memoir, Maathai describes her childhood in rural Kenya, her groundbreaking academic and professional work, her activism and the founding of the Green Belt Movement.
The Challenge for Africa
By Wangari Maathai
Maathai offers her unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, analyzing “bottlenecks to development” at the international, national and individual levels.
International Herald Tribune: The genius of Wangari Maathai
This October 2004 piece by Anna and Frances Moore Lappé discusses the reach of Maathai’s work.
The Catholic New World: Kenyan Nobel winner finds lessons in creation
Maathai talks about tree planting and environmentalism in this 2005 interview.
The Progressive: Interview with Wangari Maathai
In this 2005 Q&A, Maathai speaks about U.S. foreign policy, debt forgiveness and breaking the cycle of poverty.
O Magazine: Force of Nature
Read a 2005 profile of Maathai from O Magazine.
NPR.org: Tell Me More: Nobel Laureate Refuses Olympic Torch
In this story, Maathai explains her decision to refuse to participate in the Olympic torch relay in April 2008.
NPR.org: Tell Me More: Trailblazing Nobel Laureate on Environment, World Peace
Examine a 2007 interview with Maathai about her recently published memoir and the relationship between peace and the environment.
BBC News: Maathai writes of prison ordeal
In this 2006 article, Maathai talks about why she wrote her autobiography.
BBC News: Country profile: Kenya
Did you know that Kenya’s main exports include tea as well as coffee? Read a brief profile on Kenya, and learn some statistics and facts about the country.
BBC News: Timeline: Kenya
Get a chronology of key events in Kenya’s history with this timeline from the BBC.
Kikuyu: The Mau Mau Uprising and Independence
Read an article about the origins of the Land Freedom Army or “Mau Mau,” from the 1950s rebellion to Kenya’s independence.
National Council of Women of Kenya
Learn about this organization that advocates for the social and political rights of women in Kenya.
NPR.org: All Things Considered: As Kenyan Forest Disappears, So Does Water
A December 2008 story on Kenya’s worsening droughts and their relationship to the Mau forest.
NPR.org: Tell Me More: Nobel Laureate Explains Kenya’s Battle for Peace
Maathai talks about the post-election violence that erupted in Kenya in January 2008.
Tree Planting and Reforestation
The Green Belt Movement
Explore the official site of the Green Belt Movement, which includes news, a blog, photos, information on Maathai and reforestation and much more.
Trees for People: Urban Forestry 101
Brought to you from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, this site features facts and resources about urban forests.
The Billion Tree Campaign
Learn how to plant a tree and view facts about tree planting on this site from the United Nations Environment Programme.
Trees Are Good
This International Society of Arboriculture-sponsored site includes tree FAQs and information on tree planting and care.
Rainforest Action Network
Find out more about responsible forest management, destructive logging and other related environmental issues.
ABC News: Wanna Save the World? Make Sure You Plant the Right Tree
This 2006 article discusses the benefits of tree planting and the types of trees that best fight carbon emissions.
Beginners should check out this step-by-step guide to planting trees.
Arbor Day Foundation
Learn about tree care and planting and find local tree planting organizations in your state.
This site contains a wealth of information on carbon emissions, deforestation and global warming. Use the emissions calculator to learn how many tons of carbon emissions your daily activities generate and how many trees are required to offset these emissions.
Find out about this international grassroots campaign and its goal to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.
Green for All
Learn more about green-collar job creation, job training and entrepreneurial opportunities that combat poverty and pollution.
Alliance for Community Trees
Learn more about this network of grassroots affiliates across the U.S. and Canada who have planted and cared for 7.8 million trees.
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Wangari Maathai: In Her Words
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