GBM Blog Archive: September 2014
The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit
Green Belt Movement U.S. Board Chair Mia MacDonald and Wanjira Mathai, Kenyan Board Chair and director of the wPOWER project at the Wangari Maathai Institute, co-author a piece in The Huffington Post about Wangari Maathai's "hummingbird" tale and a call for climate action around the U.N. Climate Summit.
Community Based Adaptation approaches: the Green Belt Movement engages farmers in Kenya
Climate change poses one of the greatest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) notes that climate change, if not tackled, will have severe negative impacts on global water supply, agricultural yields, forest ecosystems and the spread of vector-borne diseases, and could result in the displacement of thousands of people from coastal cities and small islands. This has led the Kenyan government to put in place a Climate Change Action Plan 2013- 2017 to make sure the country is ready and able to adapt to and reduce these potentially devastating effects against the country and its communities.