My Week In Media: Wangari Maathai
Monday 23 June 2008
Last week I read...
The Independent, The Times and The Guardian, to follow the stories on the food crisis. Because I come from a developing country [Kenya], I am always interested to see how this issue is covered in the Western media. Are they willing to expose all aspects of the issue? Quite often, the story is just ignored. People don't want to go deeper and find out or expose why we have food shortages. If you don't know, then you might believe everything you are being told. But when you know more about the issue, you accept that they aren't going to tell you the whole story.
Last week I watched...
The golf, on Sky News. I was following what Tiger Woods (right) was doing from my hotel. I was very happy that he won even though his knee was giving him trouble. He seemed in pain and I feared he might lose. When he hits a long shot, it is almost as if the ball knows where the hole is. If he makes the shot, the cameras cut to everybody looking happy. I don't play golf myself but I appreciate the game and I love to see the masters.
I also watched Royal Ascot, also on Sky News. I enjoyed the whole attention to hats – by the end I wanted one. I almost said, if I get a hat for myself I might win.
Last week I listened to...
I was on Woman's Hour, on BBC Radio 4, so even though I wasn't listening to that, I was being listened to! I was interviewed by Jenni Murray, and we talked about The Green Belt Movement, and my recently published autobiography, Unbound. She is a lovely lady, very engaging, and has a beautiful voice. Sometimes you speak to a person and the voice encourages you to open up.
Last week I surfed...
Because I was attending the Ashden Awards ceremony in London, and presenting an award, I visited the site to read more about them. The ceremony was inspiring.
Wangari Maathai is the founder of The Green Belt Movement, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. The British and Norwegian governments have granted her £108m to establish The Congo Basin Forest Fund, launched in London last week to help combat climate change in Congo
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