Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Taking Root

Monday night Jeff and I made met up at the National Geographic Museum where we saw Taking Root, the biography of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Wangari Maathai . This was a particularly special occasion, as Dr. Maathai was also in attendance and provided further commentary following the film.

For over 30 years she has fought for the rights of the Kenyan people and the protection of Kenya's forests with a fierce passion. Founding the Greenbelt Movement in 1977 she not only helped to improve rural livelihoods through sustainable natural resource management, but she also helped women find their voice at a time of extreme political turbulence. Through her work she has brought to light the interconnectedness of environmental degradation, political corruption, and human rights and is responsible for tremendous political change in a country that is slow to listen to the female voice.

She is truly a living legacy and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to hear her speak. (photos taken from wikipedia)

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