Happy Earth Day! Wangari Maathai, who instituted one of my favorite “green” projects, the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, has a new book, Unbowed, about her experiences as a tree planting project turned into a democratic movement in her country.
I first learned about her efforts from the film, Nobelity Project, which is the inspiration of Austin author Turk Pipkin and his wife, producer Christy Pipkin, who traveled the world (with their school age daughters) interviewing Nobel Prize winners about their recommendations and hopes for the future. The film is fascinating.
As Desmond Tutu points out in the film,
“The sea is actually made up of drops of water. What you do, where you are, is of significance.”
The film is available to schools–teachers can either purchase one if they have funds (which also pays for another school without funds to receive one free), or request a free dvd if they do not have funds.
Pipkin is working on a followup to the film, entitled “One Peace at a Time,” inspired by what he learned from the Nobel winners.
What both of these projects remind me of is the question I highlighted in Doug Johnson’s post yesterday. What one small thing can each of us do to make a difference?
Happy Earth Day!