How do we strike a balance between sounding the alarm about the devastation wrought by climate change and telling the story of an actual pathway forward? Session 5 of TED2023 sought to stem the despair and cultivate hope and action on the most pressing issue of our time. The event: Talks from Session 5 of […]Continue reading
Why you should listenGrowing up in Kenya, Wanjira Mathai developed an early understanding of nature's restorative power. Her mother, Wangari Maathai, was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, earned for founding the Green Belt Movement. This woman-led, grassroots NGO has empowered communities for decades through the act of planting trees -- and it's one that has remained close to Mathai's heart. While she initially studied health and business and worked on disease control at The Carter Center, she ultimately became head of the Green Belt Movement herself. She later led Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables and served as executive chair of The Wangari Maathai Foundation.
As managing director for Africa and Global Partnerships at the World Resources Institute, Mathai now leads the Restore Local project, helping advance forest protection and landscape restoration. By investing in local restoration projects, Restore Local is revitalizing forests, pastures and mangrove clusters, fighting climate change and promoting sustainable, income-generating agriculture at scale. Mathai also Chairs the Board of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and serves on the Advisory Council of the Clean Cooking Alliance and the European Climate Foundation. She is also a member of the Africa-Europe Foundation's High-Level Group of Personalities.
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At “We the Future,” a day of talks from TED, the Skoll Foundation and the United Nations Foundation at the TED World Theater in New York City, 18 speakers and performers shared daring ideas, deep analysis, cautionary tales and behavior-changing strategies aimed at meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global goals created in […]Continue reading