I don’t plug a lot of movies, mostly because I don’t see a lot of movies – I spend so much more time staring a computer screen than I want to, I don’t go to the movies often. But I thought I’d have a little blog film festival over the summer, showing bits or trailers of some of the best movies that both show our problems and offer solutions This one, “Taking Root” from 2008, however, is very much worth seeing:
What Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement have accomplished is important the rest of us in a whole host of ways. One of the likely consequences of increasing economic stress and lowered fossil resources is deforestation – and it is one of the things we can least permit, given the climate costs. In a warmer, depleted world, planting trees and carefully nuturing them will be one of the single most important things we can do – cooling trees, soil holding trees, food bearing trees, wildlife supporting trees.
But it isn’t just the trees – it is the poliitcs that go with the trees. Because it isn’t just in Kenya where women and men getting together to preserve and create an environment worth having changes the world. A SUNY Albany study, for example, found that community gardens were significantly likely to lead to more community organizing and political action than other community events. When you get your hands in the soil together, things start to change.
The USA and the rest of the developed world needs its own Green Belt Movement. We need trees, we need to organize, we need to empower the poor and women, we need more green. Watch the movie, then, get started.