Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

PRESENTED BY: Sno-King Meaningful Movies
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7:00 AM, Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Edmonds, WA (click for map)

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, a film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, tells the inspiring story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its unstoppable founder, Wangari Maathai, who, in 2004, became the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Taking Root illustrates the development of Maathai’s holistic worldview and model for sustainable development. Maathai discovered the core of her life’s work when she turned her attention to the rural women with whom she had grown up in Kenya’s central highlands. Their daily lives had become intolerable: they were walking exhausting distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was eroding, and their children were suffering from malnutrition. One hundred years of colonialism and neocolonialism had devastated the forests they’d lived with for centuries. “Why not plant trees?” Maathai thought. Trees provide shade, prevent soil erosion, supply firewood, building materials, and produce nutritious fruit. In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya and began teaching women about the connection between environmental problems and their daily problems.

We will have comments by our special guest, director Lisa Merton (via Skype) and discussion of issues raised by the film.

Doors open at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments, film begins at 7:00.

Donations are gladly accepted to help Sno-King Meaningful Movies continue to bring important films to the community.

Special Guests: Director Lisa Merton via Skype

Sponsors:

  • Peace and Justice Committee, Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Snohomish County Peace Action
  • Social Action Ministry, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=taking%20root%20film%20

Release Year: 2008

Running Time: 58 min.

Director: Alan Dater and Lisa Merton

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Online reservations are not required for this event.

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