Wangari Maathai – A Friend of our Earth!

Wangari Muta Mary Jo Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a Kenyan environmental and political activist.

Wangari Maathai was the first woman from Africa honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2004 by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for her contribution to sustainable ecological and environmental development.

On 5th June, 1977 World Environment day she planted nine trees in her backyard and founded the Green Belt Movement.

Over a period of nearly thirty years she has mobilized poor women to plant thirty million trees in protecting the existing environment for ecologically sustainable development, which plays a vital role in afforestation.

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