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Wangari Muta Maathai - RIP
7 years ago

I know this group is about American Forests, but I thought it important to honour here the memory of a woman who was responsible for the planting of over 40 million trees in Africa, through the movement she founded.  She will be greatly missed.  I hope this thread will be allowed.



Wangari Muta Maathai

(1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011)



Nobel Peace Laureate; environmentalist; scientist; parliamentarian; founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over 40 million trees in Africa; advocate for social justice, human rights, and democracy; elder; and peacemaker. She lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya.

She was the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She became the first African woman, and the first environmentalist, to win the prize.

It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer. Her loved ones were with her at the time.

Professor Maathai’s departure is untimely and a very great loss to all who knew her—as a mother, relative, co-worker, colleague, role model, and heroine; or who admired her determination to make the world a more peaceful, healthier, and better place.

Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, working with women to improve their livelihoods by increasing their access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water. She became a great advocate for better management of natural resources and for sustainability, equity, and justice.


7 years ago


Please note the news story about her..


Kenyan Heroine Wangari Maathai Dies in Hospital


Environment  (tags: death, human rights, ecology, feminism, forests, traditional people, global warming, Kenya )

Jytte - 18 minutes ago -

BREAKING NEWS NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 26 - 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai has died while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital. Prof Maathai succumbed to ovarian cancer at 11pm on Sunday night


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