Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement Descriptive Essay by write123

Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement
A review of the work of Wangari Maathai the woman activist in environmental issues and her efforts in the formation of the "The Green Belt Movement" that she initiated.
# 106569 | 2,031 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses that women in the world have become more prominent in their fight to protect the environment and the ecosystems. In this discussion the paper highlights the efforts of Wangari Maathai, the woman activist, in achieving a reduction of the negative effects on the environment of deforestation. The paper states that in terms of female activism, Maathai has helped to show that women in Africa are capable of playing a leading role in environmental issues. The paper concludes that the Green Belt Movement that she initiated has helped to raise awareness about environmental issues not only in Africa but internationally.

The Green Belt Movement
Wangari Maathai and the origins of the Green Belt Movement

From the Paper:

"Environmental activism has become an important part of the battle to save the environment in the age of global warming and climate change. In the last decade, women have become more involved in active and leading roles. Initiatives such as the Green Belt movement have proven their worth as essential in the battle against the decline in environmental standards throughout the world. This paper will discuss will the Green Belt Movement and its founder, Wangari Maathai, from both the environmental and social perspectives. While this movement has been proven to have a considerable affect on the issue of deforestation, it is at the same time a social movement that has also advanced the cause of the empowerment of women in Africa and the world."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • About Wangari Maathai: Summary Biography of Professor Wangari Maathai. 17 February, 2008.
  • GBM Kenya: Advocacy & Networking. 17 February, 2008.
  • Green Belt Movement - Kenya. 17 February, 2008.
  • GBM Kenya: Women for Change (Capacity Building). 17 February, 2008.
  • Maathai W. Bottle-Necks of Development in Africa. Presented at the 4th UN

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