Wangari Maathai: The Vision Of The Green Belt Movement In Kenya

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Green Belt Movement

Our climate is changing. People all around the world lack shelter, clothing and are even dying of hunger. Wangari Mathai had a vision. She was focused on restoring our environment and was willing to lend a hand to clean up the damages climate change had caused in her community. With the help of her vison and the Green belt Movement she founded, Kenya began to prosper. Crowds were cheering. Kenyans were celebrating. On December 12, 1963 Kenya gained its independence from the British and formed their own state. (History of Kenya) The first government that Kenya ever implemented was democratic. (Social Movements).They had the right mindset and aimed to free Africa
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Wangari Maathai was the first African woman and environmentalists to win the noble peace prize. (Nobel Peace Laureate) She was raised in an underdeveloped or commonly referred to as a “third world” country. Home to her was a rural village in Kenya. She was a very intelligent woman who did stupendously well in school and eventually got herself a scholarship to attend school in the United States.(Nobel Peace Laureate) She graduated college with a degree in biological sciences and later went on to get her master’s degree. She became the first woman to receive a PhD in eastern and central Africa. She became chair of the National Council of Women in Kenya during the 70’s. (Nobel peace Laureate) As chair, she was concerned for women and noticed that the conditions women were facing in rural areas were worsening. Wangari Maathai founded the green belt movement in the year 1977 after she planted nine trees in the yard of her house. (Nobel Peace Laureate) She planted trees because it gave them a solution to a major problem they were facing. Trees provided fuel wood for cooking and it helped preserve soil. Throughout her life span the Green Belt Movement planted 47 million …show more content…
It both reduces the effects of deforestation and provides a forum for woman to be creative and effective thinkers.”(Womanaid International) The Green Belt movement really tries to empower women in their daily lives and help them achieve better lives. The Green belt movement also focuses on reforestation and it also helps woman achieve positive images for themselves. Another objective for the green belt movement is to teach woman how to cultivate their own plants and give them the right skills so they can continue to harvest plants and stay in their communities rather than go searching for other jobs.(Womanaid International) “The Green Belt Movement aims to create an understanding of the relationship between the environment and other issues such as food production and health.” (Womanaid International)Education is a key factor in helping the community become sustainable. If children are taught these habits from early on, they are most likely to continue doing them in their adult lives. Through the green belt movement “Children gain exposure through Green Belt Projects at their schools...” (Womanaid

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