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The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience

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Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya in 1940. In 1960, she won a Kennedy scholarship to study in America and earned a master's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and became the first woman in East Africa to earn a Ph.D.
Returning to Kenya in 1966, Wangari Maathai was shocked at the degradation of the forests and the farmland caused by deforestati
Paperback, 117 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Lantern Books
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Basically this is a progress report of a programme, and it is awesome!

What I like most though, was her personal note on why she was bothered to fight for the Green Belt Movement:

"Privilese untuk bisa mengenyam pendidikan tinggi, khususnya di luar Afrika, memperluas wawasan saya dan berkontribusi pada pemahaman yang lebih dalam mengenai keterkaitan antara lingkungan, perempuan, dan pembangunan. Pendidika ini jugalah yang membantu saya memahami nilai yang terkandung dari kerja demi kemaslahatan b
Sep 29, 2016 May added it
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While not high literature, this work is important for the simplicity of what it is trying to communicate and inspire in others in the way of environmental humanitarian action. It is a great way to learn about an amazing woman and the problems of Kenya. Maathai very much deserves the Nobel Price for 2004 for her work on the GBM. As a woman in an African nation capable of accomplishing such a fantastic situation for empowering woman as well as improving general circumstance.

It is interesting to se
Aug 14, 2008 Larissa rated it it was amazing
My hero. I did an intense research project on her. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 I believe. An amazing lady who began her movement by teaching the women and children in Africa, self worth and skill through sustainable living and environmental conservation. Pick up this book to see what wonderful things are still happening in our world, despite what is covered on the news.
Feb 25, 2015 Scottishtanningsecrets rated it really liked it
This is an exceptionally good book for folks looking for a broader prospective from environmental movements. Wangari Maathai shows the interconnectedness of environmental issues, women's roles and poverty in ways that often go unappreciated in many environmental groups. I highly recommend it.
Nov 15, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
amazing woman, good for social movement studies, but preferred Unbowed
May 23, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: calon mahasiswa, mahasiswa baru, mahasiswa lama, bekas mahasiswa
Sebenarnya agak memalukan betapa lamanya saya menyelesaikan buku ini. Hampir setahun dari waktu saya beli.

Tapi untuk kualitas otak seperti saya ini, bisa dimengerti sebenarnya.

Bukan, bukan tentang susahnya. Buku ini tidak ada susahnya sama sekali. Tapi membosankan amat sangat.

Membacanya seperti membaca sebuah proposal proyek buat LSM. Informasi yang ada di sini mungkin gampang saja bisa saya dapatkan di internet dalam waktu kurang dari 3 menit.

Harap maklum, saya terlalu gampang bosan. Dan kem
Jan 29, 2008 Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, nonfiction, seminary
Wangari Maathai's personal account of how she came to be the "Tree Mother" of Africa is the most interesting part of this book. The story is inspiring and fascinating. Her success has been amazing.

The rest of the book deals with more mundane things, like how GBM does its work and the processes it uses in the field. Those sections would only be interesting if you were thinking about replicating GBM, which might not be a bad idea.
Lillibet Moore
While the book itself is not incredible, the movement itself is, and therefore I enjoyed reading more about it, through the words of its founder and Nobel Prize Winner, Wangari Maathai, and I would recommend it to those interested in reforestation projects, social/community environmentalism and women's empowerment social movements.
Izetta Autumn
A fantastic (and short) view into how to sustain a social movement that has literally changed the lives of thousands in Kenya - and impacts us globally because of the efforts to save the environment.
Aug 26, 2007 Keisha rated it it was amazing
Truly moving. I refer to this book often. It's simply written- yet poised- confident and straight forward.
Feb 23, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
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This is a really cool, important project. However, this book is written more like a blueprint for other people who are looking to do something similar, and so it doesn't read all that well.
Jan 25, 2008 Casey rated it it was amazing
Maathai is a strong woman who isn't afraid to work towards making the world a better place. Planting trees saves lives.
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a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 1984, she was awarded ...more
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“I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.” 21 likes
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