In THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT, founder, Wangari Maathai, tells its story: why it started, how it operates and where it is going. She includes the philosophy behind it, its challenges and objectives and the specific steps involved in starting a similar grassroots environmental and social justice organization. THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT is the inspiring story of people working at the grassroots level to improve their environment and their country. Their story offers ideas about a new and hopeful future for Africa and the rest of the world. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the first woman to earn a doctorate in biology in East Africa. A recipient of numerous awards for her work on environmental and social issues, she was elected to Parliament by an overwhelming majority in 2003 and is currently the Assistant Secretary for Environment, Wildlife and Natural Resources in the new democratically elected Kenyan government. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.