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Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai – “Eco”

By Gillian Burke ENVIRONMENTALISM is a movement tied up in multiple knots of complicated science, a shared concern for our shared home. The word ‘eco’ has become so overused that it’s almost lost its meaning. Eco is derived from the Greek word ‘oikos’ which simply means home. Home. The most beautiful word I know. Like […]

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai – Environmentalism

  By Gillian Burke ENVIRONMENTALISM is a white, middle-class privilege. I hear this a lot. This is the fourth post in my takeover series about Professor Wangari Maathai who was a Kenyan political and environmental activist, and the first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Maathai was the founder of a tree-planting […]

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai – Far from Home

By Gillian Burke WHAT would it have been like for the young Wangari Maathai? Her home was a colony under British Rule that, by the late 50s, was brutally suppressing the Mau Mau independence uprisings and restricting the freedom of her Kikuyu people. With this as a backdrop, and having just turned 20, she earned an […]

Gillian Burke on Wangari Maathai

GILLIAN BURKE is a natural history television programme producer and presenter, and a voiceover artist. She has been a co-presenter of the BBC nature series Springwatch and its spin-offs since 2017. As part of Open the Door 2020’s celebration of conservationist and activist Wangari Maathai, here Gillian explores her connections to Wangari and Kenya, and […]

Open the Door 2020 – Book Bunk booklist

Book Bunk is a Kenyan charitable trust focused on the complete renovation and restoration of old library spaces as well as the installation of new libraries into public spaces. We also manage the curation and programming of these spaces.

Open the Door 2020’s Trans booklist

With thanks to writer and performer Harry Josephine Giles for giving us access to this Goodreads booklist.   Nevada by Imogen Binnie Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out […]

Open the Door 2020’s Nature booklist

Curated by Gillian Burke Gillian Burke – who is leading an Open the Door takeover on Thursday May 21st – is a natural history television programme producer, a voiceover artist, and a co-presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch since 2017. These are her recommendations of nature books to transport, inspire and soothe the soul.   Unbowed by […]

Open the Door 2020’s BAME booklist

Curated by Azita Jabbari