The United Nations declares 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity.
2010 marks 40 years of Earth Day, a network founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment.
2004 – The first Environmentalist to Win Nobel Prize, Wangari Maathai is a woman and an African.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai Watch the trailer.
TAKING ROOT is a compelling documentary narrative about the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1977, Maathai suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy. From The Green Belt Movement.
Environmental sustainability has become one of the most pressing issues to be addressed this century. Poverty allievation is closely linked to its relative achievement as a growing population looks for ways of feeding itself amidst declining productivity and climate changes. Rural knowledge combined with appropriate technology may be the answer. Others argue for biotechnologies. The debate goes on.