Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Green Belt Movement in Kenya

"I used to say to the women, "If we say we are too poor to take care of the environment then it will only get worse. We have to turn it around and push poverty back. Planting trees breaks the cycle:when we can give ourselves food, firewood, and help to nurture soil for planting and clean water, then we begin to roll poverty back.""

The World Bank and International Monetry Fund may insist that internaional trade is the exclusive route to prosperity, but [Wangari] Maathai has proven that it's self-sufficiency on a micro level that is more efficient and sustainable." 1

1. Nicola Graydon, March 2005. From Tiny Seeds, The Ecologist.