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March 3 marks the fourth annual Wangari Maathai Day which celebrates the legacy of Green Hero, Professor Wangari Muta Maathai.

Since 2012, Africa’s Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate’s green legacy.

Please join the Green Belt Movement to honour Wangari’s visionary work by sharing your favorite quotes, stories and photos of Wangari Maathai. ‪#‎WangariMaathaiday2015‬

Below is the photo Green Heroes will share to commemorate the woman whose vision and determination inspired the U.N.’s One Billion Tree project. A story we love to share is how the project came to be named. Back in 2006, the United Nation’s Environment Program launched the project as a response to global warming. Inspired by Wangari’s response to one corporation’s plan to plant one million trees, she said “that’s great, but what we really need is to plant a billion trees!” By 2011 this number was far surpassed with over 12 billion trees being planted worldwide.

Sadly Wangari passed away in September, 2011. However she lives on in the people and the landscape she changed forever.

Wangari with Joan Prowse and Lina Cino in Montreal

Wangari with Joan Prowse and Lina Cino in Montreal


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  1. Joan Prowse | March 7, 2015 at 10:42 am

    There are three key numbers to use to explain why we must stop fossil fuel extraction for the survival of the species! I found these in an editorial by outgoing editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/06/climate-change-guardian-threat-to-earth-alan-rusbridger

    1. 2C: There is overwhelming agreement – from governments, corporations, NGOs, banks, scientists, you name it – that a rise in temperatures of more than 2C by the end of the century would lead to disastrous consequences for any kind of recognised global order.
    2. 565 gigatons: “Scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by mid-century and still have some reasonable hope of staying below 2C,” is how McKibben crisply puts it. Few dispute that this idea of a global “carbon budget” is broadly right.
    3. 2,795 gigatons: This is the amount of carbon dioxide that if they were burned would be released from the proven reserves of fossil fuel – ie the fuel we are planning to extract and use.

  2. Geraldiine | November 25, 2015 at 2:00 am

    OK, but you skipped Yunus, who seems to have been doing some vauablle work. And poking around the list on Wikipedia shows some courageous and even some noble characters in the mix.

  3. Green Heroes | November 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for your feedback. The planet is full of Green Heroes and we hope through our web channel and FB group to share stories of those people who have achieved environmental success.

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