SMU-in-London 2008

This summer 48 SMU students are traveling to London to study communication courses, including international media, free speech, creative advertising, British cinema and the global civil society. Some students also are interning with international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Pants to Poverty, and Save the Children, to name a few.

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The Greenbelt Movement

Allison-Payton-Nicklin-sm.jpgAllison, a senior double major in CCPA and Economics, is interning with the Kenya-based NGO The Greenbelt Movement in London:

The Greenbelt Movement’s mission is to empower individuals worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace. GBM believes in the inextricable links between one’s environment, government and quality of life. To accomplish these goals, GBM has been planting trees in Kenya since 1977. Through the planting of trees, community and group members are investing in their future by improving soil quality, underground water systems, clean air and preventing soil erosion. To millions across Kenya, mostly women, these trees provide sustenance (fruit) and income, generated by the sale of their trees to The Greenbelt Movement.

“The planting of trees is the planting of ideas. By starting with the simple act of planting a tree, we give hope to ourselves and to future generations.”
– Wangari Maathai, Founder, The Greenbelt Movement, and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize

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