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The Little Things

DailyFeats by DailyFeats | October 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: africa, Daily Feats, DailyFeats, environment, Green Belt Movement, Kenya, Nairobi, Nobel Peace Prize, positive action, positive change, reforestation, transformation, trees, Uhuru Park, Wangari Maathai

President Obama and Wangari MaathaiKenyan environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai wouldn’t suffer a single tree to be cut down for her coffin; her body was laid to rest in a casket made of hyacinth, papyrus and bamboo. At her funeral service this September in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park, which she fought to save from obliteration by a 60-story skyscraper, her family planted a tree in her honor. That brings her total up to roughly thirty million and one.

As the founder of the Green Belt Movement — a reforestation project that paid impoverished Kenyan women to plant seedlings in order to renew the environment and increase their access to firewood and clean water — Maathai was responsible for the growth of some 30 million trees. Her battle with ovarian cancer ended on September 26; since then, environmentalists, feminists, and democracy advocates have voiced their grief and admiration.