Taking Root

Taking Root - Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai...

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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai First African woman to win the Nobel Prize Childhood memory/image: Everything good came out of the mountains – weather Huge tree, stream with frogs’ eggs Went back home as an adult - tree was gone, church built 1977 – founded the Green Belt movement, started planting trees; most people had been growing cash crops. Trees bring rain, purify the air, hold and feed the soil. People complained about symptoms, she tried to go to the root of the problem. Deforestation – why? Brits arrive in Kenya in 1880s, colonization. Weakened cultural infrastructure: history and traditions rotten & inferior; no written history; vacuum filled by missionaries. In their culture they would preserve forests, ivory, etc., but British avidly deforested. 1952 armed struggle. The native Kenyans who fought hid in the forest, so the British burned the forests, contributed to deforestation. Ultimately 100,000 Kenyans and about 100 of British descent died in the
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2008 for the course COM 350 taught by Professor Colella during the Fall '08 term at Bryant.

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