Wanjira Mathai and Green Belt Movement Participate in Al Gore's 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report
Wanjira Mathai, the Green Belt Movement's Director of International Affairs, was interviewed on Al Gore's Climate Reality, 24 Hours of Reality: the Dirty Weather Report.
Some 5,000 volunteers planted 20,000 trees in six sites around New York City on October 27th, 2012, in commemoration of Wangari Maathai. The following video captures the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
The scholarship fund will be awarded annually, with the first cycle being granted during the 2013 academic year. In this first year, the tertiary education scholarship will be awarded to a young woman aged 18 to 25 years, who has demonstrated passion and personal commitment to environmental conservation. This individual must have also demonstrated their ability to successfully mobilize people and provide leadership in environmental advocacy.
The Wangari Maathai scholarship fund launched in Kenya to advance her vision of a calues-driven society and a greener, equitable Kenya.
22nd October, Nairobi: The Green Belt Movement, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) today announced the launch of the Wangari Maathai Scholarship Fund.
The launch of the Wangari Maathai scholarship fund is a twin effort of the New York based Maathai Award. The Maathai Award is granted to public high school seniors in New York who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular commitment to environmental stewardship through sustainability-themed projects.
Eight years ago, Dr. Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the prize for her work demonstrating the intricate links between the environment, democracy and peace through Kenya's Green Belt Movement. As the world honors the new recipient of the Peace Prize, we would like to pause and reflect on the many brave women of Africa, and around the world, who work every day to preserve and foster peace. They do this in a way that does not, at first blush, seem to have anything to do with peace because they are the stewards of our world's natural resources.
- A small commemorative plaque surrounded by flowers provides biographical information about Prof Maathai, who died last year aged 71.
- Mr Josh Singer, the 23-year-old co-leader of the initiative, says he became inspired by Prof Maathai while studying for a graduate degree in history.
- Supporters of Wangari Gardens are engaged in a fundraising drive that will enable them to build a ramp for wheelchairs so that patients at the nearby hospital can visit the site.
NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White, New York Restoration Project Executive Director Amy Freitag, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director Edwin Torres, Chair of Green Belt Movement-U.S. Mia MacDonald, and Municipal Art Society gathered on Friday, 5th October to announce the inauguration of the Dr. Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability.
Earlier today, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), together with friends and family of Professor Wangari Maathai marked her 1st anniversary memorial at an event held at the GBM headquarters in Kilimani, Nairobi.
Guests included Kenya’s Prime Minister (PM), the Right Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, M.P; Vice President, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, MP; Nairobi Provincial Commissioner, Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu; and the Posta Corporation’s CEO, Dr. Enoch Kinara.
On Tuesday18th September, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) launched a seven-day Peace Tent Initiative. Two peace tents were set up at Kencom bus stop and Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park. The initiative is aimed at promoting peace in Kenya as GBM prepares to mark the first anniversary since the passing of their founder and chair, Professor Wangari Maathai.