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Remembering activist Wangari Maathai through film

Remembering activist Wangari Maathai through film

It’s been a tough couple of months for heroes of the environmental and sustainability movements. Sustainable business pioneer Ray Anderson passed away from cancer in August, and now Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel peace prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement has also lost her own battle with the disease. Described as “a force of nature” by the executive director of the United Nations’ environmental program, Maathai recognized connections between environmental degradation, poverty and women’s rights in her home country, and she aimed to address all of these issues through one of the simplest of acts: planting trees.

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The UN’s campaign to plant one billion trees has been so successful that it was expanded Tuesday to become a Seven Billion Tree Campaign. In just 18 months, the original Billion Tree Campaign has inspired the planting of two billion trees, double its original target. The effort is…

First Seeds Placed in Arctic Global Seed Vault

First Seeds Placed in Arctic Global Seed Vault

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway, February 26, 2008 (ENS) – The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving the first shipments of what will be a collection of 100 million seeds from more than 100 countries. Unique varieties of the African and Asian food staples maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and…