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Wangari Maathai receives Nobel Peace Prize
We are thrilled that Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and Global Footprint Network Advisory Council Member, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said it chose Maathai "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace."

A native of Kenya and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in East Africa, Maathai has mobilized millions, encouraged women to take fate into their own hands, and built one of the most effective environmental grassroots effort this planet has ever seen: the Green Belt Movement. Poor women have planted more than 30 million trees across Africa since the Green Belt Movement began, resulting in the slowing of deforestation and economic empowerment. And she has not stopped there. She has become a force for democracy and is now serving her country as assistant minister of environment and as an active parliamentarian.
This is the first time that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an environmental advocate rather than someone focused mainly on armed conflict. But Maathai does not see any separation between the two saying "People are fighting over water, over food and over other natural resources... When our resources become scarce, we fight over them. In managing our resources and in sustainable development, we plant the seeds of peace."
Her combination of wisdom, action, clarity, and perseverance give us hope as we join her in building the dream of a peaceful, just and democratic society that safeguards, rather than depletes our home planet. We are deeply honoured to have Prof. Maathai as a member of our Advisory Council.
Related links:
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