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Four Portraits of Native Action

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai is an 80-minute documentary that tells the dramatic story of Wangari Maathai. Born in Kenya, Wangari's simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy – and made her a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2004.

Please join Katahdin in celebrating Wangari and Taking Root by exploring these related opportunities and resources:

1. Download the film's free 32-page Action Guide.

2. Order the feature-length DVD or the seven-minute DVD Wangari Maathai and The Green Belt Movement.

3. Check for repeat broadcasts of Taking Root on PBS (premiere was April 14, 2009).

4. Get free materials, lesson plans and assignments to high school and college instructors from ITVS's Community Classroom.

5. Support the work of our partners:
Alliance for Community Trees
Green Belt Movement
Green for All
Plant for the Planet

6. Check out our mini-grant award winners. In April 2009, we awarded 13 organizations and neighborhood alliances in 11 states. With these funds, as many as 1,000 trees will be planted, and thousands of people will be engaged in tree-friendly activities in the coming months:

Bridging the Gap, Kansas City, MO: Volunteer training for tree Identification and mapping. Their goal is to plant 120,000 trees over the next 10 years.

Canopy Trees, East Palo Alto, CA: Native and fruit tree planting in East Palo Alto. They have planted 1,100 trees in past two years.

Denver Zoological Foundation: Habitat Restoration Project (200 seedlings planted) and Taking Root Film Screening.

Earthworks, Roxbury, MA: Parent, student and teacher planting of a new fruit orchard at New Mission elementary school.

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore: “Women in History” Taking Root screening and environmental workshop involving approximately 145 girls and adults.

Green Up Glen Rock, New Jersey: Taking Root screening and creation of "tree tags" that ID community trees and list tree care.

Harrisonburg Permaculture Urban Guild and Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), Harrisonburg VA: Native and fruit tree planting at a community garden.

Lenox Place Neighborhood Association, Decatur, GA: Erosion control, invasive plant removal and native tree planting in 100-year old neighborhood.

Neighborhood Planting Program, Providence, RI: Volunteer outreach screening of Taking Root & photo project documenting before and after their Community Tree Planting activities.

The Offset Project, Carmel, CA: Planting of seedlings at the Carmel Lagoon with measurement of total carbon output created by organizing and hosting the event.

PACE University Environmental Studies Program, Pleasantville, NY: Campus and community native tree planting ceremony & talking circle for Earth Month with Lakota speaker and flute player.

Ripon City Tree Committee, Ripon City, WI: Community group training with arborist to I.D. trees threatened by City road widening.

RNeighbors, Rochester, MN: Community Tree Planting and volunteer appreciation.

7. Also, check out these organizations and endeavors:
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo, NY
Breakaway Center for Service Learning, Johnson State College, Johnson VT
Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE
Green Works, Kansas City, MO
Grow Native Seeds of Hope to grow Justice and Peace at Home, St Louis, MO
Hike for KaTREEna, New Orleans, LA
Huntington Beach Tree Society, Huntington Beach, CA
International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, Lantry, SD
Keep It Moving – The Great American Cleanup, Detroit MI
Little Artshram, Grand Traverse, MI
Lots to Garden, Lewiston, ME
Lower Moyamensing Civic Association Tree Tenders, Philadelphia, PA
Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, Charlotte, MI
Parks & People Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Raytown Parks and Recreation, Raytown, MO
Savannah Tree Foundation, Savannah, GA
Sequoia Park Zoo Chapter of Roots and Shoots, Eureka, CA
Tree New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Waverly Wildlife Stewards, Albany, OR