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Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement
Transcript of Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement
The Green Belt Movement
Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmentalist and member of parliament. She worked with the people of Kenya, and founded the Green Belt Movement. In 2004 she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
She travelled the countryside, and noticed that the forests were being cut down. There were not as many trees as there used to be, and because of this the soil was no longer good enough to grow food, and the rivers were drying up aswell.
Wangari was born on 1st April 1940 in a tiny village called Ihite, in Kenya. Wangari was very lucky, as unlike many of the children in her village, she went to school. In fact she was so clever she got to go and study at a big University in the USA.
After she finished her studies, she could have got a very important and well paid job, but she chose to go back to her village and work with the people there, and in many other villages too.
She decided to use her education to help ordinary village people to improve their lives by looking after their environment!
She encouraged women to grow tiny tree saplings, which grew bigger and bigger, and because of this soon the women were able to replant the forests!
The Green Belt Movement is a world peace project
It has helped many communities to grow the trees and food that they need to stay happy and healthy.
Thanks to Wangari Maathai, people in Kenya have worked together and planted around
51 MILLION TREES!
Trees are not just important for the people in Kenya, they are very important for us here too.
We need to work together to look after our world.
Wangari discovered that the people in charge were ordering the trees to be cut down so that they could be sold for wood to other countries, and she was very unhappy about this.
And they are still planting!...