Wangari Mathaai In Pictures

The first woman in east and central Africa to win a doctorate, Maathai started her career as an environmental campaigner after planting some trees in her own back garden.

In her 2006 autobiography “Unbowed: One Woman’s Story,” Maathai recounts how climate patterns had ceased being predictable since her childhood on the slopes of Mount Kenya, a fact linked to climate change.

While Maathai picked up numerous awards for her work to protect the environment, she was also beaten unconscious and arrested, often for campaigning against deforestation.

She mobilised poor women to plant more than 30 million trees as part of a drive to produce sustainable wood for fuel use and to combat soil erosion.

She has told the BBC’s Africa Live programme that her tree planting campaign was far from popular when it first began.

In the late 1980s, she became a prominent opponent of a skyscraper planned in the middle of the main park in the centre of Nairobi.

In September 1998, she launched a campaign of the Jubilee 2000 Coalition. She has embarked on new challenges, playing a leading global role as a co-chair of the Jubilee 2000 Africa Campaign, which seeks cancellation of the unpayable backlog debts of the poor countries in Africa by the year 2000.

Kenyan environmentalist and human rights campaigner Wangari Maathai has been awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2004, "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace". In 1977, she founded the "Green Belt Movement" where, for nearly thirty years, she has mobilized poor women to plant 30 million trees.

Rest In Peace

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3 Responses

  1. Great story
    The world is not mourning the loss of Wangari Maathai, we are celebrating the fond memories she leaves behind. A true Icon indeed. May she rest in peace.

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  3. She was a phenomenal woman, and she lived her life in such an admirable manner!

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