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|Professor Wangari Maathai
"What I have learned over the years is that we must be patient, persistent, and committed. When we are planting trees sometimes people will say to me, 'I don't want to plant this tree, because it will not grow fast enough'. I have to keep reminding them that the trees they are cutting today were not planted by them, but by those who came before. So they must plant the trees that will benefit communities in the future."
|She is Africa's foremost environmental campaigner, internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. In 2004, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized her lifelong commitment to environmental sustainability and the empowerment of women by awarding her the Nobel Peace Prize.|
|In 1977, Professor Maathai founded the Green Belt
Movement in Kenya. In the past three decades, the movement has grown
into a dramatic force for change. Along the way, nearly 900,000
rural women have worked to establish tree nurseries and planted
trees to reverse the effects of deforestation. Now an international
campaign, the Green Belt Movement has planted more than 30 million
trees throughout Africa.