Professor Maathai is the author of four (4) books: “The Green Belt Movement”: Sharing the Approach and the Experience (2004); “The challenge for Africa” (2009autobiography entitled “Unbowed” (2006) Replenishing the earth: Spiritual values for healing ourselves and the world (2010). Further, the Green Belt Movement and Professor Maathai are featured in several publications including: Speak Truth to Power (Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, 2000), Women Pioneers for the Environment (Mary Joy Breton, 1998), Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, 2002) and Women Pioneers for the Environment (Mary Joy Breton, 1998).
She has also featured in several films and documentaries such as Naked Earth, Sustainable Development (1991), British Broadcasting Corporation for One World Women; Information and Empowerment: Dr. Wangari Maathai (1994), AFSC Video & Film Library; Africa, The Uncovered Continent (1995), Chip Taylor; Africa, Search for Common Ground (1997), Common Ground Productions, USA; South Africa: Eritrea/Kenya: Democracy or Disruption - W. Maathai & Green Belt (1998), Common Ground Productions, USA; A Quiet Revolution (2001), Earth Council, United Nations Environmental Program; “Planting Hope”, Wangari Maathai & The Greenbelt Movement. A short film by Lisa Merton and Alan Date (2011) and The Quest to Save Turtle Island, Carol Mary Scott.
“The Green Belt Movement”: Sharing the Approach and the Experience (2004).
The Green Belt Movement tells the story of how an organisation grew from one woman’s idea to a network of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have planted tens of millions of trees throughout Kenya. Professor Maathai explores the challenges of grassroots organizing and campaigning, and elucidates the key principles and practical concerns involved in running an environmental non-governmental organisation.
“The challenge for Africa” (2009)
In her comprehensive and detailed examination of the complex and dynamic nature of the African continent, Professor Maathai offers both “hard-headed hope” and “realistic options” for change and improvement, and analyses the most egregious “bottlenecks to development in Africa” occurring at the international, national, and individual levels—cultural upheaval, environmental degradation, and enduring poverty, among others. She deftly describes what Africans can and need to do for themselves, stressing all the while responsibility and accountability.
Unbowed: A Memoir (2006)
Unbowed tells the story of how a girl from the Central Highlands of Kenya became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa and head a university department in Kenya. We witness Professor Maathai’s numerous run-ins with the brutally repressive Kenyan government and how she came to see planting trees as a way to empower local communities and galvanise a people to determine their own future. Called “engrossing and eye-opening, a work of tremendous dignity and rigor” by Booklist and “essential reading” by the London Sunday Times, Unbowed “provides uplifting proof of the power of perseverance—and of the power of principled, passionate people to change their countries and inspire the world” (Washington Post).
Replenishing the earth: Spiritual values for healing ourselves and the world (New York: Doubleday Image, 2010)
Professor Maathai argues that the key to self-empowerment and conservation lies in traditional spiritual values: love for the environment, self-betterment, gratitude and respect, and a commitment to service. These are the values that have animated the Green Belt Movement’s work. While educated in the Christian tradition, Maathai draws inspiration from many faiths, celebrating the Jewish mandate tikkun olam (“repair the world” and renewing the Japanese term mottainai (“don’t waste”). Through rededication to these values, she believes, we might finally bring about healing for ourselves and the planet.
UNEP in collaboration with Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies launched a source book on integrating REDD+ into academic programmes at University level.
The launch, which included a WEBINAR, was held on 20 August, 2014 at the UNEP headquarters, Gigiri.
The source book titled ‘FORESTS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE: A SOURCE BOOK FOR INTEGRATING REDD+ INTO ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES’ is designed to give an overview of the key topics related to forests and climate change, under the overarching and evolving REDD+ narrative. The purpose is to facilitate the integration of this new knowledge domain into multi-disciplinary University programmes. The sourcebook provides case studies and detailed references in each module, and can be used comprehensively or selectively in the design and delivery of academic programmes related to REDD+. Click here to view and download the book.
- Green Belt Movement (GBM)
- Science Initiative Group
- Regional Initiative in Science and Education
- University of Copenhagen
- RISE AFFNET UON Node
- U.S. Department of State
- The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
- United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
- Graduate School of Frontier Sciencies, University of Tokyo
- The University of Kentucky (UK) USA
- The Nile Project
- Fundacion Mujeres Por Africa
- Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI)
Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI),
College of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences,
University of Nairobi,
P. O. Box 29053-00625
Tele. No. : +254 20 2506448/0788526473
Physical Location: College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences,
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