“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.“ – Dr Wangari Maathai
A state funeral for Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist, Dr Wangari Maathai has taken place today (8 October, 2011), at a Kenyan national park she fought to save.
Dr Maathai, whose Green Belt Movement planted an estimated 45 million trees in Kenya, died last month (25 September, 2011) of cancer.
Dr Maathai, was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2004. She won the award for her campaigns to promote conservation, women’s rights and transparent government.
Dr Maathai was laid to rest in the same week that saw three women share the Nobel Peace prize – two of whom were Africans. Dr Maathai was and is an inspiration to Kenyans and all Africans. She will be sorely missed.
May her soul rest in peace.