This week we will explore the linkages between culture and the environment, and address the relationship between environmental degradation and poverty. Recent scholarship shows that ecologies and societies are are embedded, and environmental conservation therefore necessitates social and cultural considerations as well. The documentary below, Taking Root: the vision of Wangari Maathai, presents the socio-historical context of deforestation in Kenya and the relationships between environmental degradation, colonialism, political corruption, rural poverty democracy, and human rights.
Watch the documentary, Taking Root, and consider the strategies and tactics used by Maathai. Which methods do you find most successful in improving the overall wellbring of rural people in Kenya? How can you apply the work of Wangari Maathai to other social, political and environmental issues worldwide?
When you complete the discussion, move on to War & Conflict for extra credit.