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Wangari Maathai

Aa young Kenyan girl, Wangari Maathai grew up gathering firewood for her mother, who made sure she left alone the fig trees which were sacred. She grew up to become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her brilliant work creating the global Green Belt Movement, which has contributed today to the planting of over 52 million trees.

As a biologist and environmentalist, her family’s Kikuyu culture influenced her from young, providing her with an intuitive and sensitive sense of environmental balance.

her activist energy sparked alive by witnessing the civil rights movement during her time in the US. 

Passing over in 2011 at the age of 71, she is a true leader whose work connects the vital  linkages of conservation, sustainability, conflict prevention, women's and human rights.

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