Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
How can one simple act lead to a movement much bigger? Watch this film and learn how your community can be inspired to go further in justice movements facing your community.
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.
Call to Action
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Taking Root can help your community:
•Create a local campaign that connects environmental issues and poverty issues within your community.
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•Use this Taking Root Outreach Guide to bring action to your community through the important message of Taking Root. Click here for more information.
•Take this community assessment tool to evaluate the work that needs to be done in your congregation. Click here for more information.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, 2008
Taking Root weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of one woman's personal journey in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country. The first female to receive a Ph.D in East Africa, Maathai discovered the heart of her life's work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her that their daily lives had become intolerable: they were walking longer distances for firewood and the soil was disappearing from their fields. Maathai thought to herself, "Well, why not plant trees?" Trees provide shade and produce nutritious fruit to combat malnutrition. With this realization Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women to plant trees.
Maathai and her colleagues soon found themselves victims of President Moi's political oppression. In response, Maathai’s political activism only grew. At great risk she lead numerous confrontations in defense of the environment and social justice each of which brought her country closer to democracy.
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