photo: Ricardo Medina/The Green Belt Movement
Wangari Maathai has died while undergoing treatment for cancer. The Green Belt Movement, the non-profit organization she started, says in a press release:
Professor Maathai's departure is untimely and a very great loss to all who knew her - as a mother, relative, co-worker, colleague, role model, and heroine; or who admired her determination to make the world a more peaceful, healthier, and better place."
More from the press release:
Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, working with women to improve their livelihoods by increasing their access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water. She became a great advocate for better management of natural resources and for sustainability, equity, and justice. A synopsis of her life and work can be read here
Prof. Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) in 1940, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work with the Green Belt Movement, using tree planting as an entry point- for self-determination, equity, improved livelihoods and security, and environmental conservation.. She touched thousands, if not millions of lives, with her work to promote democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation.