TAKING ROOT tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In response to rural women's problems stemming from a degraded environment, Maathai suggested they plant trees. Starting with this simple act, these women worked successively against deforestation, poverty, and violent political oppression until they became a uniting force that helped to bring down Kenya's 24-year dictatorship. In the process, they have planted 46 million trees to date! This has restored local livelihoods and watersheds, improved microclimates and quality of life.
TAKING ROOT follows Maathai's courageous and inspiring thirty-year journey to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy.
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