The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Dr. Wangari Maathai really was inspirational.

Her biography moved me a great deal.

The life of a true activist , a true defender of her people’s interests so vividly and openly shared with the readers.

I understood the lonely life and the non-sense charges one must face when one chooses that path.

I have the very great chance of having a family totally behind and walking along with me on this long journey.

As i am facing another law suit, my strength and energy remain unmoved by the mounting threats and intimidation.

< font size=”5″>Land is life to our people. Land is dignity for the entire family.

I learn this as I watch and hear the pain of our villagers who stand ready to go all the way to keep their land.

Be part of their strength. Keep the fight going.

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Soulful Healing and Spiritual Transformation:? How Trauma Impacts Spirituality
During Black History Month and as we celebrate the beginning of Spring, The Berry Forum invites you to this tribute to Nobel Laureate and environmental champion, Wangari Maathi. Our facilitator for the evening will be Berry Forum Convener and friend of Wangari, Dr. Danny Martin, who will open us to the legacy and challenge of this inspired eco-activist.

Please join us!
Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Professor Maathai discovered her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her they were walking long distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was disappearing from their fields, and their children were suffering from malnutrition.

‘Well, why not plant trees?’ Maathai suggested. These women found themselves working successively against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, embedded economic interests, and government corruption, until they became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship.

Through TV footage and chilling first person accounts, Taking Root documents the dramatic confrontations of the 1980s and ’90s and captures Maathai’s infectious determination and unwavering courage. Cinema verit footage of the tree nurseries and the women and children who tend them brings to life the confidence and joy of people working to improve their own lives and ensure the future and vitality of their land.

Taking Root captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring profile of Maathai’s thirty-year journey of courage to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights, and democracy.

When: 7pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Where: Romita Auditorium of Ryan Library, Iona College
Offering: $5 (Iona Students and Staff gratis)
RSVP: 914 633 2590 or



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