One Woman’s Vision Of Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Wangari Muta Maathai 1940-2011

“It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change. And we cannot be intimidated. So we must stand up for what we believe in.”  -Wangari Maathai

12 months ago we posted “When it comes to global warming where’s the truth?” as a follow up on the theme presented in our seminal post; “Global Warming, Climate Change Or Something Else?” one year earlier.  The piece explained our methodology of uncovering problems we see as crucial to our development as a nation and as citizens of an abundant planet. To this end we pointed out,

“Ask yourself; who stands to gain?”… and “follow the money.”…  “The red flags of greed and political control are vital stepping stones in our search for truth.” From there we concluded…. “As long as WE THE PEOPLE allow a small group of elites to game the system and drive public policy, the vast majority of PATRIOTS will see their liberties dwindle and economic prospects shrink.”

In the two years since that original post we have seen the manifestation of our warnings accelerate.

Today as a beacon of light we celebrate the late Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai.  Hers is story of a courageous women who point blank told her people; if we allow a few greedy people to destroy our forest and environment then we deserved to die; we deserve to starve to death.  This was no idle threat, for on the ground that was the reality of the situation.  At the risk of death at the hands of a corrupt ruling class she rallied the patriots of Kenya to turn the tide on their abject impoverishment; thus empowering a nation to win back their God Given Right To Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness.

In 1977, Maathai suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment.

“I started planting trees and found myself in the forefront of fighting for the restoration of democracy in my country.” – Wangari Maathai

TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai


– the trailer

I don’t think you need a diploma to plant trees.
TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai | Film Clip #2
Fighting the Government and Stopping the IMF
TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai | Film Clip #3
Government was overseeing deforestation; the transfer of wealth

See more: Taking Root – Independent Lens

Who is going to question when the law keepers break the law? – Wangari Maathai

Watch Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Environmentalist on PBS. See more from POV.

Documentary: Wangari Muta Maathai (1940 – 2011)

The Green Belt Movement was started in 1977 by Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2004).  It is one of the most prominent women’s civil society organizations, based in Kenya, advocating for human rights and supporting good governance and peaceful democratic change through the protection of the environment. Its mission is to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace.  See: The Green Belt Movement
The planting of trees is the planting of ideas. By starting with the simple act of planting a tree, we give hope to ourselves and to future generations.–Wangari Maathai


To honor the memory of Wangari Maathai, the “I am the Hummingbird Campaign”, a Kenya- and international tree planting campaign, has been launched. This initiative brings together Kenyans, friends and supporters from around the globe to join us to plant 1 billion trees in memory of Wangari Maathai.

Further information on being a hummingbird and how to share the trees you plant through an interactive map is on the campaign page.

Related – One Year Ago We Posted: One Year Ago we asked: When it comes to global warming, where’s the truth?

Two Years Ago, Our Seminal Post: Global Warming, Climate Change Or Something Else?

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