This blog was written by GBMI-Europe intern Erin Hostetler
Nearly a month ago, former Irish President, Mary Robinson, commanded that the global community needs a “platform for solidarity” in the international campaign against climate change. In her conversation with the host of Democracy Now!, an award-winning independent American news programme, Robinson claimed action needs to be taken to secure “economic, environmental and social sustainability”.
Today the Dr. Wangari MaathaiAward for Civic Participation in Sustainability officially began accepting nominations for 2014. The award for New York City high schoolstudents was inaugurated last year by the New York Restoration Project, with support from TheRockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, NYC Parks, and the Municipal Art Society.
On 2nd November 2013, The Green Belt Movement and Peponi House Preparatory School embarked on a tree planting exercise in Karura Forest, at Wangari Maathai Corner in Karura forest to promote the “A Cleaner Environment for a Better Tomorrow as part of the schools awareness projects on environmental sustainability". The event was graced by GBM staff, Peponi House Parents Teachers Association (PTA) members and Peponi House pupils.
It is now generally agreed that 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 a severe negative impact on global water supply, agricultural yields, marine ecosystems and the spread of vector-borne diseases, and could result in the displacement of thousands of people from coastal cities and small islands (Kenya climate change action plan).
Kirisia forest is a 92,000 hectares (ha) forest reserve in the Samburu heartland teaming with different plant and animal species. The future of this forest is threatened by increasing poverty and a lack of support for community governance allowing unsustainable practices such as commercial charcoal production.
October 15th has been declared by the UN as International Rural Women’s Day. This important day was started in 1995 during the Beijing Conference on Women to hour rural women. It is no coincidence that International Rural Women’s Day for the Elimination of Poverty, October 17th. When Rural Women succeed to their rightful place, world food production will increase and poverty will decrease.
Innovation: a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions
The fulfillment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.
On this day, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) Board Members, staff, members of GBM’s tree nursery groups, and the public came together to pay homage to our fallen heroine with some very special guests.
Wangari Maathai's death came as a shock to many people: friends, supporters, and those who admired what she'd done or drew strength from her life story.
“Africa’s Green Future: Nurturing the Vision of Wangari Maathai” at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Students at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies hosted a two day symposium celebrating Wangari Maathai's legacy and discussed Africa's environmental future. The event, "Africa's Green Future: Nurturing the Vision of Wangari Maathai" featured a viewing of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai as well as a discussion with filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, an interview with Wanjira Mathai, a panel discussion of African scholars, workshops, and a ceremonial tree planting in honor of Wangari Maathai.