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Trees for Wangari: A Music and Arts Festival to Celebrate Seed Sovereignty

United States > Rochester, NY > Rochester, NY > 2015-09-20 > 01:11 pm

About The Event

Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, strived to reforest her country by paying women to plant trees. She was a true environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor, and a courageous human rights activist. On September 20 we will host a concert and festival that celebrates the remarkable legacy of Wangari Maathai, raises awareness about the prevalence of GMOs in our food system, and gives away free seeds to the people! This special event will include live music, world class artwork, interpretive dancing, and even nonviolent direct action for those who are willing. For more information contact George at [email protected].

About The Organization

Gandhi Earth Keepers International

“Trees for Wangari” is a grassroots resource center affiliated with Gandhi Earth Keepers International in Rochester, NY. As an independent project designed to honor the legacy of the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winning environmentalist Wangari Maathai, we are encouraging individuals and organizations from all over the world to celebrate the importance and relationships with trees by inviting people to educate and engage in action. These creative actions such as journals, blogs, pictures, songs, videos, artwork, etc. will help promote Wangari Maathai’s philosophy of community self-determination and raise awareness about the growing prevalence of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in our food system. Teachers and other educators will be able to use materials associated with “Trees for Wangari” to help introduce and explain complex topics such as ecological sustainability, women’s rights, and international politics in a fun and purposeful way! To get involved contact Gandhi Earth Keepers International at [email protected].

About The Organizer

George Payne

George Payne is a philosopher, theologian, social justice activist, and photojournalist from Rochester, NY. In July 2014 he founded the grassroots environmental justice network called Gandhi Earth Keepers International. Mr. Payne also teaches philosophy as a visiting adjunct professor at Finger Lakes Community College. He can be reached at [email protected]

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