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Remembering Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” –Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and peace activist who was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, died this week from cancer at the age of 71. Maathai was best known as the founder of The Green Belt Movement, a group she started in 1977 that encouraged poor women to collect native tree seeds in the wild in order to ensure they had access to sustainable firewood for cooking and potable water. Eulogies came pouring in from around the globe upon news of her passing. Fellow Nobel Prize laureate Desmond Tutu described her as a “visionary African woman” and Al Gore said that Maathai “overcame incredible obstacles to devote her life to service – service to her children, to her constituents, to the women, and indeed all the people of Kenya – and to the world as a whole.”

Sea Change Radio co-founders Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon sat down with Maathai in the spring of 2009. This week, we remember the spirit of Wangari Maathai by bringing that conversation to you in its entirety.

 

Wangari Maathai on Peace and Environmental Justice (Rebroadcast)

wangarimaathaiAs the year draws to a close, Sea Change Radio digs into its archives to rebroadcast a standout episode from 2009: an in-person interview with Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai.  Sea Change Co-Hosts Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon speak with Maathai about the links between environmental justice, women’s empowerment, democratic governance, and sustainability in the intimate setting of the Marlboro College Graduate School, where Baue teaches in the Sustainability MBA program.  Maathai was touring the US promoting her new book, The Challenge for Africa, as well as the documentary, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.  In the second half of the show, Rheannon and Baue speak with the filmmakers, Alan Dater and Lisa Merton of Marlboro Productions.

Peace and Environmental Justice Taking Root

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wangarimaathaifrancescabill21Francesca Rheannon and Bill Baue of Sea Change host an intimate chat with Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai about the links between environmental justice, women’s empowerment, democratic governance, and sustainability at the Marlboro College Graduate School, where Baue teaches.  Maathai is touring the US promoting her new book, “The Challenge For Africa,” as well as the documentary, TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.  In the second half of the show, Rheannon and Baue speak with the filmmakers, Alan Dater and Lisa Merton of Marlboro Productions.

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StoryLine: Wangari Maathai and the Fig Tree

wangarimaathai[amazon-product align=”right”]0307377407[/amazon-product]Wangari Maathai tells Sea Change Radio Co-Hosts Francesca Rheannon and Bill Baue the story of a great fig tree that stood near the village where she grew up in Kenya.  At that time, her mother and the other villagers regarded the tree as sacred — as the tree of God.  Maathai also told this story in the documentary film about her life and work with the Green Belt Movement, entitled TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.