A Tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize, Green Belt Movement Founder
A mangrove sprout on the sand, Kenya’s beach. Photo source: ©© Ale i
Kenya’s most recognizable woman, Pr. Wangari Maathai, won the Nobel in 2004 for combining environmentalism and social activism. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, where over 30 years she mobilized poor women to plant 30 million trees.
“Wangari Maathai was a force of nature. While others deployed their power and life force to damage, degrade and extract short term profit from the environment, she used hers to stand in their way, mobilize communities and to argue for conservation and sustainable development over destruction,” said Achim Steiner, the executive director of UNEP…
Nobel Prizes Website
First woman in East Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Wangari Maathai was internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation.
Forests And Climate Change
An International team of climate scientists combined data, covering the period 1990 through 2007, showed that the world’s forests combined are a net “sink”, or sponge, for 1.1 billion tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of 13 percent of all the coal, oil land gas burned across the planet annually“…forests are even more at the forefront as a strategy to protect our climate.” This is the first complete and global evidence of the overwhelming role of forests in removing anthropogenic carbon dioxide…