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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
81-minutes
The story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She reconnected with the rural women of her youth, and they found themselves working successively against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, embedded economic interests, and government corruption.
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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Maathai discovered her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up.These women found themselves working successively against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, embedded economic interests, and government corruption, until they became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship.

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