Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

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Feature story - September 26, 2011
Greenpeace is deeply saddened by news of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai's passing away. It is a sadness we are sharing with people right across the African continent, and the world.

File photo: Wangari Maathai (right) and forest campaigners in Sweden, 2005. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

Professor Maathai was instrumental in the anti-deforestation movement, and a passionate fighter for human rights and social justice for the communities that depend on forest resources. She lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya.

Wangari Maathai was also a Nobel Peace Laureate, an environmentalist, and the founder of the Green Belt Movement; a woman who stood up and fought fearlessly for the better management of forests -- and the communities that depend on them -- at a time when no one else would.

As a consequence of the work she did, Professor Maathai and other Greenband Movement staff and colleagues were repeatedly beaten, jailed, harassed, and publicly vilified by the Moi regime in Kenya over the years. It is this persistence and courageous attitude on the part of Professor Maathai that has resulted in her becoming one of the most admired and respected women in Kenya.

"She is an exemplary character in the environmental movement and her legacy will be felt by many future generations" said Anne Lamont, Interim Executive Director for Greenpeace Africa.

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(Unregistered) jose says:

en Mexico tenemos a Wangari en nuestros corazones y tomamos su ejemplo por salvar los bosques.

Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:21 Flag abuse Reply

(Unregistered) Rosemary says:

Congratulations on the new Rainbow Warrior.
May she enable you all to continue giving the world such good service.

Posted October 22, 2011 at 12:34 Flag abuse Reply

(Unregistered) Cafer Koca says:

l âm very happy to heat this nice new about the varior.
Hope to hear more good news.
Cafer Koca

Posted October 15, 2011 at 7:01 Flag abuse Reply

(Unregistered) orlandini says:

Triste pour les forets et la bio diversiter qui y vie .
j éspere qu une autre personne suivra sont chemin en a, besoin de personnes comme ...

Posted October 14, 2011 at 17:11 Flag abuse Reply

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