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Wangari Maathai: Standing Up for the Environment.

The honor was not just for me. It was also for the thousands of women who planted 30 million trees throughout Kenya as part of the Green Belt Movement


Just when Wangari Maathai thought no one was listening to the message of her organization, The Green Belt Movement, she received a surprising call – she had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The first environmentalist ever to be recognized with this honour, Wangari realized “that the world was listening”.

Wangari initiated The Green Belt Movement in Kenya, a program in which groups of women are paid to plant trees, proving advantageous for both the environment and the women.

The movement set off the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign. Each year, the campaign aims to have one billion trees planted worldwide.

The simple act of planting a tree, and recognition of the linkage between environment, democracy, and peace, soon spread like wildfire across the globe, empowering other communities to protect their local environments and speak up for change.

In the fight for environmental protection, we can’t sit idly; take action now and start talking about climate change.

Scene from Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, courtesy of Marlboro Productions
Photos courtesy of Getty Images
Music by Ado

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