This is the website of Mia MacDonald, animal advocate, writer, environmentalist, women's rights activist, and international public policy analyst.
Mia is the founder and executive director of Brighter Green, a non-profit public policy "action tank." Brighter Green aims to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on and attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development both globally and locally. Brighter Green's work has a particular focus on equity and rights.
Please visit www.brightergreen.org for more about Mia's and Brighter Green's current work; for her regular blog posts and other writings; for Brighter Green policy papers; resources; events; and news about its programs.
Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures,
Wangari Maathai has always had an affinity for trees. As a child, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner learned from her grandmother that a large fig tree near her family home in central Kenya was sacred and not to be disturbed. [Read more...]
"Something Wonderful Happens When You Plant a Seed"
On a wintry Norwegian afternoon last December, Wangari Maathai stood at a bright blue podium in Oslo City Hall to accept the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, the first environmentalist and first African woman to be so honored. [Read more...]
From Gadfly to Nobel Peace Prize
It wasn’t long ago that Wangari Maathai, Kenya’s well-known campaigner for women’s rights and the environment (see Ms., April/May 2001) was jailed yet again by the regime of former President Daniel arap Moi. [Read more...]
The Prize is Right
On the morning of October 8, true to form, Wangari Maathai was trying to keep to her schedule, but having trouble. [Read more...]
This Year’s Nobel Prize for Peace—and Me
Florence, who works in the hotel’s business center, agreed that Maathai deserved the prize. “I like her. She has done good work,” she said. “An iron core lady” is how Edward, another driver, described Maathai. “We love her,” he exulted, tapping the steering wheel as he spoke. “She is the best woman we have in Kenya.” [Read more...]