INTERVIEW WITH Wanjira Mathai  about the work that wPOWER Partners – Green Belt Movement does.      



Let’s think about our daily life. We get up early in the morning, have a shower with “current water” (which we get simply by turning up the tap), and get food wherever we want during the whole day. That seems so normal that we can’t imagine someone living a different life. But that’s not the same for all people living in Kenya.

In the 1970s, rural Kenyan women were reporting drying-up streams, food supply becoming less secure, great difficulty in getting firewood. This is why in 1977, Professor Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, founded the Green Belt Movement to help solving these problems and propose adaptation and mitigation actions to Climate Change. Since the establishment of the Green Belt Movement, landscapes have been restored and life for women in Kenya has improved a lot. The Green Belt Movement is an environmental organization headquartered in Kenya, with offices in the USA and in Europe. Among its main initiatives are Tree Planting and Water Harvesting, Gender Livelihood and Advocacy, and Climate Action.   What are GBM major advocacy campaigns? What are the peculiarity of Climate Change in Africa? How can Developed Countries really help African Countries? Wanjira Mathai, Chairperson of the Green Belt Movement answered these and other questions.

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