GBM Blog Archive: February 2013

The Rockefeller Foundation Selects New York City Students for Inaugural Wangari Maathai Environmental Award.

February 18, 2013 - 08:10PM
Published by Amy Haworth Johns

Cecil Brooks Jr. and Awa Sow have been revealled as the recipients of the 2012 Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability.

Leaders of emerging countries are called to be accountable on disputed lands

February 15, 2013 - 07:40PM
Published by Emanuela Piccolo

Private sector investments have produced an average economic growth of 5% in emerging countries since 2000. But what might seem a positive achievement is hiding an alarming reality: economic growth in southern countries is happening at a high price. When the resources available for investments are natural resources and governments give rights to land investors without consent from communities, who often do not even know their land has been granted to someone else,  communities, governments and land investors are exposed to conflicts. But Southern countries have a choice for their path to economic growth: private sector’s growing role in development will only be beneficial if governments provide leadership and accountability on land investments.

GBM’s Environment Health and Population Project

February 14, 2013 - 02:55PM
Published by Grace Wanene

The Green Belt Movement(GBM) is concluding a three-year project on Environment, Health and Population (EHP) inKenya. The project, which began in 2010, sought to promote community consciousness of the interrelation between the environment, health and population and sensitize the community on the various actions that they could take to reduce the threats of rapid population growth to the environment and people’s health.

Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco to Visit Karura Forest

February 14, 2013 - 12:40PM
Published by Grace Wanene

Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, sister to the current King of Morocco, will visit Kenya as a guest of the UNEP Governing Council from18th to 22nd February, 2013.

Tales for Trees: Chilean storytellers spreading Wangari Maathai’s legacy.

February 8, 2013 - 12:30PM
Published by Amy Haworth Johns

The inspirational life and legacy of Wangari Maathai is being shared with the younger generation across Lo Barnechea Municipality in Chile. Working with children in disadvantaged schools, 'Tales for Trees' uses story-telling, music and ceremonial tree planting to share Wangari Maathai's passion for envrionmental conservation.