Earth Week | Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 1:00pm to Monday, April 21, 2014 - 3:00pm

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a national movement to safeguard the environment, protect human righs, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Maathai's mobilization of African women was not limited to its vision to work for sustainble development; she saw tree-planting in a broader perspective which would include democracy, women's rights, and international solidarity. Dr. Maathai was the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, the first women in central and east Africa to receive a doctorate degree, and the first female professor in her native country of Kenya.

Monday, April 21, 1-3 p.m.
WRC Lounge

This event is sponsored by the PSU Sustainability Leadership Center and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities at Portland State. For more information, contact Heather at