It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees. — Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we heard the story of Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt movement she founded in Kenya. Most importantly, we enjoyed a walk among the trees, remembering all that we experienced together during the Circle of Trees program.
MAKE TIME FOR TREES: You might like to:
- Watch a documentary about Wangari Maathai called Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai. (It's available on Netflix; you might also be able to check it out of the library or watch it on your local PBS station.) Invite Circle of Trees participants to join you, or host a showing for the congregation.
- Try to spend time outside each day, paying special attention to the trees near where you live.
- Use a nature journal to record your observations and feelings about trees as you deepen your connection with them, beyond the Circle of Trees workshops.
- Think about ways that you can engage with people and trees with respect.
EXTEND THE TOPIC: Explore some of the many wonderful books about trees found in Workshop 1, Handout 2, Selected Bibliography.