Start With One Tree..

Heres a program from our archives.musicIn Africa, poverty and lack of resources have led to a yearly increase in the amount of land that turns to desert. But a note of hope has been sounded in the efforts of an environmental movement which has recruited thousands of people. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Music from Kenya Maathai: When we first start working with the communities, we really don’t look at the problems that are several years ahead. We look at the problems that are facing them now. We are concerned about firewood, we are concerned about food, we are trying to overcome poverty which is a crisis now. Dr. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Greenbelt Movement, which has been responsible for planting ten million trees in villages across Kenya. Maathai: The first trees were planted on the fifth of June, 1977, andwe planted seven trees. [and] I want to emphasize that, because you don’t have to start big. You hear “millions of trees” and say, “Well I can’t plant millions of trees.” You don’t have to. Just start with one, and make sure it survives. One of the many advantages of planting trees is that it helps prevent soil erosion, a serious problem in Africa.Maathai: A tree is a wonderful symbol of hope and a positive step at a level that masses of people can do, and without much knowledge and without much resources. So we are saying go, get the seeds, plant them, take care of then, watch them grow. In about three, four years, you can already start to see the change, and in ten years you can cut those trees and use them for building, for your firewood, for looking at them and getting a feeling that it’s wonderful to be alive and to enjoy nature.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.

Start With One Tree..

One of Africa's most successful environmental movements started with planting seven trees.
Air Date:09/07/2018
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Heres a program from our archives.musicIn Africa, poverty and lack of resources have led to a yearly increase in the amount of land that turns to desert. But a note of hope has been sounded in the efforts of an environmental movement which has recruited thousands of people. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Music from Kenya Maathai: When we first start working with the communities, we really don't look at the problems that are several years ahead. We look at the problems that are facing them now. We are concerned about firewood, we are concerned about food, we are trying to overcome poverty which is a crisis now. Dr. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Greenbelt Movement, which has been responsible for planting ten million trees in villages across Kenya. Maathai: The first trees were planted on the fifth of June, 1977, andwe planted seven trees. [and] I want to emphasize that, because you don't have to start big. You hear "millions of trees" and say, "Well I can't plant millions of trees." You don't have to. Just start with one, and make sure it survives. One of the many advantages of planting trees is that it helps prevent soil erosion, a serious problem in Africa.Maathai: A tree is a wonderful symbol of hope and a positive step at a level that masses of people can do, and without much knowledge and without much resources. So we are saying go, get the seeds, plant them, take care of then, watch them grow. In about three, four years, you can already start to see the change, and in ten years you can cut those trees and use them for building, for your firewood, for looking at them and getting a feeling that it's wonderful to be alive and to enjoy nature.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.