Sunday, October 9, 2011

Goodbye, Wangari Maathai, Part Deux

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…Or, 1,000+ Trees
The earth was naked. For me the mission was to try to cover it with green. ~ Wangari Maathai
Continuing the focus this week on Wangari Maathai and her vision, here are 2 "must-reads" and one "must do" are on your list of things to do this week.  

1). On the GreenBelt Movement website, world leaders have left their condolences to Professor Wangari Maathai.  Amazing words from amazing people--check them out here.

2).  Share Wangari’s story with your class/kids by reading the book Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa (2008) by Jeanette Winter. Don’t forget to make time to read aloud the Author’s Note at the back of the book for some additional background information about how Wangari’s simple actions became a remarkable, far-reaching movement. Extend the activity by having your youngsters illustrate pictures or write essays of something they can do to help stop global warming. Urge them to follow in Wangari’s footsteps by choosing something seemingly small that could create monumental changes if everyone did the same.

3).  Check out and participate in the "Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign." Along the same vision of Wangari, the goal is to plant at  least a billion trees worldwide per year.  Pledge.  Plant.  Participate!  

Other great sites to learn more about Wangari Maathai and her vision of peace and environmentalism:
The Green Belt Movement (downloadable action guide filled with lots of teacher tips)

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (the film)

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