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Wangari Maathai

October 25th, 2007 by Peggy Farabaugh

Wangari Maathai is an environmentalist activist who later became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004: 

"In my own part of the world, I keep telling people, let us not cut trees irresponsibly.  Let us not destroy especially the forested mountains. Because if you destroy the forests on these mountains, the rivers will stop flowing and the rains will become irregular and the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation. Now the problem is, people dont make those linkages." 

However, thanks to Maathai's Green Belt Movement,that is all changing as she works to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace. 

Read more about Wangari's important environmental initiatives, like People for the Planet.

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