Professor Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, says that international recognition protects her. And she is convinces that foreign recognition helps campaigners confront sometimes ruthless interest in their home countries.
In this web exclusive video, learn why the Indian women of the Chipko Movement became known as tree huggers and what their defensive tactics were. The Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai (1940 - 2011) founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 and was the first African women to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Watch 'A Fierce Green Fire' on April 22, 2014, at 9 pm on PBS.
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Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to save Kenya's forests, died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement to plant trees in hopes of helping poor, rural Kenyans. She spoke with the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown in 2005.
Here to Stay -- Urban sprawl, extinct species, depletion of natural resources and global warming are all causes of deep anxiety
Here to stay takes an uncompromising look at Planet Earth today, in all its beauty but also its scars and contradictions. This film illustrates the intricate relationship and contrasts between the miracles of nature and man s obsession in trying to tame them.
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Featuring environmentalist James Lovelock, philosopher Edgar Morin and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Wangari Maathai, the film doesn t try to impose a single point of view. Instead, it sets the stage for each of us to determine for ourselves the current state of our planet, with only one certitude : we are Here to stay.
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