Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai

Born: April 1, 1940 Died: September 25, 2011Nationality: Kenyan

Wangari Maathai

-Wangari Maathai was a huge part of fighting for democracy in Kenya. She fought against Daniel arap Moi's regime.- She notices that local-to-global problems can only be relieved if citizens find the courage and voice to act on their own.- Creating the Green Belt Movement and being an advocate for the ecosystem and livlihood of Kenyans

- Government foresters thought Maathai's idea was impossible, and only trained foresters who were capable of planting trees. She did not listen, and today Kenya has 30 million trees.- Along with members of the Green Belt Movement Maathai was often jailed and punished for their protests against the government's anti- environment actions.- Maathai was the 1st women in East and Central Africa to earn a docturate- 1st female professor from Kenya

EducationDr. Maathai earned her Ph.d in Anatomy at University of Nairobi.At the University of Pittsburgh she earned her Masters degree in Biological Sciences. Maathai achieved her Bachelors degree at Mount St. Scholastica College(USA) in Biology.

What she is known for


Green Belt Movement - Founded by Wangari Maathai in 1977 - An environmental organization encouraging communities to conserve the environment and improve living conditions.- The goal was to recover from deforestation.-The movement encouraged women to work together and plant trees which provides food, firewood, and stores rain water.- Before the Green Belt Movement, the streams were drying up, women had to walk very far to find firewood, and food supply was not secure.

-Wangari Maathai was the first environmentalist and the first African women to win a nobel prize. - Maathai went against society to fight for what she believed in, and encouraged others to do the same which earned her recognition.- The Nobel committee recognized, "She thinks globally and acts locally"- Creating the Green Belt Movement made her famous all around the world

Nobel Prize

CitationsWangari Maathai Appeals To U.S. To Save Endangered Rainforests. (2009, October 7). Tell Me More. Retrieved from, A. M., & Lappe, F. M. (2005, April-May). The genius of Wangari Maathai. Mother Earth News, (209), 20+. Retrieved from green belt movement. (n.d.). Retrieved February 24, 2016, from The green belt movement website: (2014). Wangari Maathai - facts. Retrieved February 24, 2016, from website: (2014). Taking root the vision of Wangari Maathai [Video file]. Retrieved from


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