Monday, September 26, 2011

RIP, Wangari Maathai


Wangari Maathai, founder of the tree-planting and women's-empowerment Green Belt Movement, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (2004), died this Sunday night.

I took this photo at a May 2005 tree-planting ceremony on the north lawn of UN headquarters in New York, along with lots of other pictures.  It was the only time I really had a chance to talk to Dr. Maathai, although I would see her again in Nairobi a year and a half later at the launch of UNEP's "Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign."

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