Wangari Maathai’s Challenge for Africa Published

Author, activist, Nobel Prize laureate and Brighter Green colleague Wangari Maathai’s latest book, The Challenge for Africa, was recently released by Pantheon. Maathai offers a compelling analysis of the problems facing Africa and the promises of the continent’s future. For an interview with Maathai about “Challenge” from NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” on April 23, 2009 click here. More about “Challenge” and Maathai’s recent U.S. book tour are available on the Green Belt Movement website.

Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai on PBS

“Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai,” a documentary film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater about Nobel peace laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Maathai’s life and work will be broadcast on most PBS stations April 14, 2009.

Brighter Green Spring Newsletter

Welcome to Brighter Green’s spring ’09 newsletter and thank you for your interest in our work. Here’s what we’ve been up to, and what we’re planning.

Delegation Reports from the Maasai Mara

The six person delegation of pastoral community activists and one radio reporter who travelled to Basecamp Maasai Mara in southern Kenya to exchange experiences has reported back. “It was very enlightening and beneficial to the participants,” writes Daniel Salau of SIMOO. “We hope this will be the beginning of long-term partnership.” The delegation’s report offers details of what this peer-to-peer learning visit entailed, and what sustainable development looks like on the ground.

China, Climate Change and Animal Agriculture

As a result of disseminating Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming more widely within China, Brighter Green has gathered some interesting perspectives on how the links between climate change and animal agriculture are being framed by the Chinese government and interpreted by China’s people.

Skillful Means Shared Widely in China

To mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (or Cow), Brighter Green undertook a broader dissemination of its policy paper, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming to Chinese media, bloggers, academics and activists.

Brighter Green on Grist

An interview with Mia MacDonald on Brighter Green’s study, Skillful Means: the Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farmingconducted by Take a Bite out of Climate Change founder Anna Lappé, appears today on Grist, the online environmental news and feature site.

Experiential Learning Visit Set

Brighter Green colleagues from Maasai (pastoral) organizations in Kenya are set to embark on a study tour. A six-person, gender-balanced delegation will travel February 10-12 to eco-lodge Basecamp Explorer Masai Mara in southern Kenya to exchange experiences and learning.

Girls’ Education, Leadership, Rights Training Program Launches

Brighter Green’s initiative, piloted with partners in the U.S., Kenya, and Tanzania, launches this week, with the participation of 10 girls from Maasai communities. “All the girls have now secured places in schools and look forward to start classes in the next one week.”

Take a Bite: Brighter Green on China

An interview with Mia MacDonald by Brighter Green colleague, Anna Lappe, about China and the rapid rise in and dairy production is now up on Take a Bite Out of Climate Change. That’s Anna’s savory, savvy site that charts the intersection of food and global warming. She asked some great, and tough, questions. Read the full interview here, and Brighter Green’s China paper (in English or Chinese), below.