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Nobel Prize winner, 2004, for her efforts to bring peace, environmental protection and democracy work through planting trees.

1940 -  2011


Wangari Maathai impressed people through her positive outlook on how each person can contribute to peaceful living through planting trees. With a Masters in Biology obtained in the US, she returned to her home country, Kenya, and taught at Nairobi University, then gained a doctorate there in veterinary anatomy.

Her fame rose when she founded the Green Belt Movement which planted trees for the environment and through her political activism in favour of democracy and political convergence.

In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, she also received the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize in 2006 and the peacebypeace Prize of Goshen University in 2009 for her tireless work.


The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience. 1985, 2004, Lantern Books (ISBN 978-1-59056-040-2).

The bottom is heavy too: even with the Green Belt Movement : the Fifth Edinburgh Medal Address, 1994.

Bottle-necks of development in Africa, Speech to the 4th UN World Women's Conference, Beijing, China, 1995.

The Canopy of Hope: My Life Campaigning for Africa, Women, and the Environment, Lantern Books, 2002 (ISBN13-9781590560020).

Unbowed: A Memoir, Knopf, 2006 (ISBN 9780307492333).

Reclaiming rights and resources women, poverty and environment, 2007.

Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment, with the Dalai Lama and  Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Greystone Books, 2008.

Rainwater Harvesting, 2008.

The Challenge for Africa. Pantheon, 2009, Anchor Books, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-307-39028-8).

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Chapter Nelson, Michael P. and Kathleen Dean Moore (eds.), Trinity University Press, 2010 (ISBN 9781595340665).

Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World, Doubleday, 2010 (ISBN 978-0-307-59114-2).

Seeds of peace and hope

When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.

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