It is with great sadness that Nourishing the Planet says goodbye to Kenya’s Wangari Muta Maathai, an environmental activist and women’s rights advocate. Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, for promoting conservation, women’s rights, and a transparent government.
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She was arrested many times and even tear-gassed during her efforts to secure better governance and increased human rights in Kenya. In 1977, she started the Green Belt Movement, which has supported the planting of over 20 million trees and she has tirelessly worked for the better management of natural resources.
In 2003, Nourishing the Planet had the honor of interviewing Maathai and being in her presence in Kenya. She was an inspiration and will be dearly missed.