The Green Belt Movement
The Fight for Kenyan Women and Nature
Ecological Problems Appeared in Kenya
In the mid 1970’s Dr.Wangari Maathai noticed that nature was dying in Kenya. Many water streams and watersheds that she knew as a child were not there when she went to visit her home in Nyeri, Kenya. Women were complaining on how they had to walk longer for water, for firewood, and for food supplies. This is all because that many forests were being cleared for for farms and plantations and also because new trees to Kenya grounds were being planted and were draining the water and destroying the soil. These problems gave Dr. Maathai the idea of the Green Belt Movement.