Author, activist, Nobel Prize laureate and Brighter Green colleague Wangari Maathai’s latest book, The Challenge for Africa, was just released by Pantheon. Maathai offers a compelling analysis of the problems facing Africa and the promises of the future, including leadership, governance, the central relationship between environment and development, and the essential restoration of Africans’ sense of themselves. She stresses the need for Africans to become self-sufficient, rather than relying foreign benefactors, and to pursue an identity rooted in their own ideals and solutions, instead of Western visions.
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 book tour are available on the Green Belt Movement website.