WATER: it is one of the basic necessities needed by all to survive. But what happens when we don't have water or when water becomes increasingly difficult to find? This is a question that is becoming more prevalent in drought prone areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Creating a world where we plant as many trees as have been cut down might be a fairy tale that you could tell an environmental enthusiast! However we came one step closer to making this a reality on 10 October, when the local administration and community members from the Rift Valley area in Kenya were led by Green Belt Movement workers in the planting thousands of seedlings to mark the 10:10:10 Billion Tree campaign.
What happens when you cross a global action day, The Green Belt Movement, a cherry tree and some soil?
Ok so that may be a bit obvious but yes TREE PLANTING!
Last Saturday our GBMI Europe team went the extra mile for the Green Belt Movement… or should we say 10k?
Our team of five included Hannah and Francesca from the office (Anna was working hard behind the camera…) and they both completed the 10k in just over an hour. Go team! One of the Green Belt Movement team, Andrea, also came in 3rd in the women's event; a pretty successful day all round!
On August 5th 2010 Kenyans voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new constitution, marking the beginning of a new era in Kenyan politics. In this special blog our Executive Director Professor Karanja Njoroge explains how GBM was involved in bringing about the new constitution and what it means for the environment.
The Green Belt Movement International Team are joining up with The Rainforest Foundation UK and dusting off their running shoes on 5th September to run 10km to raise money for our tree planting projects in Kenya… and we need your help!
Last summer, GBM shared the story of two kindergarten teachers and the kind hearts of their students with the blog entry, “Big Trees Come From Small Seeds.” At that time, we were writing metaphorically about the power of Professor Maathai and the Green Belt Movement to inspire these small seeds, these young schoolchildren learning about peace. Now, we are honored to announce that the story is also literally true. As Jane Schumer, one-half of the amazing peace team at Daniel Warren School in Mamaroneck, New York, writes, “I am proud to tell you that the dream that Connie Levin and I had in building a Wangari Tree Nursery at our school is now a reality.”
Often when Professor Maathai speaks people ask her to tell the hummingbird story. The hummingbird story reminds us all that however small we are, in the face of hard times, of huge problems we can still do something, we can still make our voices heard, we can still have an impact.
Presented as the future of combustible energy, biofuels have been gaining a growing interest and enthusiasm over the past few years. This is due firstly to the oscillation of oil prices and secondly to concerns about climate changes. In fact biofuels are often described as an effective alternative to petroleum in order to avoid its disastrous effects for the environment and for human health. They are biodegradable, offer energy security and produce cleaner and lower emissions in comparison to classical fossil fuels. As a result an increasing number of investments have been made in this sector.
The Nobel Women's Initiative Delegation to the ICC: Part 2 - Africa & The International Criminal Court
From May 28 to June 5, the Nobel Women’s Initiative took a delegation - led by Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Shirin Ebadi - to the first ever Review Conference of the International Criminal Court.