Conversations with the Green Belt Movement community members in Kenya’s Aberdare Forest Reserve

The #Forests2015 Blog

Gloria Kendi Borona

In December, 2014 I had the great pleasure and joy to interact with and participate in tree planting activities with the Green belt Movement (GBM) at the Aberdare Forest Reserve in central Kenya. First, a few lines about the GBM. The GBM was created by Kenyan Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai in 1977 to respond to the needs of women who reported that they had to walk for longer distances to fetch water and firewood. Wangari Maathai’s response was “why don’t we plant trees?” and thus one of the greatest environmental movements on the African continent and beyond was established. Tree planting then became an entry point through which to address other related issues such as governance, social justice and community livelihoods.

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