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Wangari Maathai

Teach Kids About Africa as if Our Lives Depend Upon It -- and Maybe They Do

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Homa Sabet Tavangar

On top of the shear panic unleashed by the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa, an astonishing amount of ignorance has reared its ugly head. As some have commented, this ignorance may be more dangerous to millions of people than the actual virus.

The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.

The Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Two Years On

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

If she were alive, we have no doubt Wangari would be deeply engaged in the global climate debate, and promoting the realization of climate justice. She'd be working to protect the forests of the Congo Basin and she'd be keeping her eye on that farmer in Yaoundé and those like her.

Remembering Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai on the Second Anniversary of Her Passing

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Natalie Pace

She remembered a land of plenty -- water at hand and fields that yielded food for the family. When she returned home, however, Wangari Maathai stood on an arid wasteland, where worn-out women walked miles for food and water, struggling to provide sustenance for their children.

Here's to the Foot Soldiers of Change

William S. Becker | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
William S. Becker

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - It's a humbling experience to meet one of history's heroes. But as scores of people found out here last week, it's more complica...

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

What's Really Going On In Uganda?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

The culture war in Uganda over LGBT rights is a double-binded problem: a struggle over the hegemony of fundamentalism and a fog behind which a power grab for the nation's oil reserves and natural wealth can take place.

What Is It About Trees?

Carl Pope | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

You can argue -- however hollowly -- that a political party has been suppressed because it was plotting with foreigners. It is difficult to make that argument against a sycamore tree.

Women: The Unsung Heroes of the Environment

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Bianca Jagger

More than ever, as we face the challenges of combating climate change, deforestation, the melting of the Arctic sea ice, we will need these women: their skills, their wisdom and their knowledge.

The Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Women as Green Agents of Change

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

The unexpected impact of Dr. Wangari Maathai's work was to show that the solutions to our many societal and planetary ills often rests with those who bear the greatest burden.

A Million (More) Trees for Wangari

Turk Pipkin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Turk Pipkin

Though I am about as far as possible from being a rural Kenyan woman, Wangari changed my life as well by the beauty and brilliance of her words and deeds, and by taking my hand saying, "Come to Kenya. You will love it."

Planting the Seeds of Peace

Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.27.2012 | Women
Hayden Bixby

I hope that the world our daughters help construct will continue to "plant the seeds of peace" -- from San Francisco to Nairobi and back.

Celebrating Visionary Women of the World

Angella Nazarian | Posted 05.05.2012 | Women
Angella Nazarian

My hope is that the stories of these visionary women present to us the flame of the passionate life, the knife of insight, and the courage to stand for what one sees without looking away.

WATCH: In Memoriam: Those We've Lost Along the Way

Posted 12.21.2011 | Black Voices

2011 was a monumental year in a lot of ways. Sadly, we lost many amazing minds and talents along the way. Here's a round of those we've lost, alo...

African Women: A Celebration of Achievements

Atim Oton | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

As an African woman, I declare: The Nobel Prize got it right, it celebrated three African Women. African Women are doing the work in the trenches. We often forget the doers and usually acknowledges the talkers.

Echoes of Our Past, Visions of Our Future: In Tribute to Maathai, Sirleaf and Gbowee

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 12.15.2011 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

Our past and our future converged as we laid to rest an international heroine of the Pan-African Movement, Wangari Maathai, and the world celebrated the contributions of our women leaders.

Suffocating in Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.12.2011 | Green
Melody Moezzi

I left Iran early last time. Not because I wanted to, but because I couldn't breathe. It was mid-December 1999, and the air was heavy with a thick black smog.

Women Like Sirleaf and Gbowee Clear Africa's Path to Prosperity

Susan Davis | Posted 12.07.2011 | Women
Susan Davis

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leyman Gbowee and Tawakul Karman speaks to the crucial role women have played in securing peace in former conflict zones.

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Remembered By Mentee

Turnstyle | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green
Turnstyle

Originally published on Turnstylenews.com, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

'Green News Report' - September 29, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Climate c...

Wangari Maathai: Colleague, Friend, Inspiration

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Visionary founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai was an advocate in Africa and beyond for social justice, human rights, democracy, and peace.

'Green News Report' - September 27, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Governmen...

Wangari Maathai and Education of Girls in Africa

Michael Mungai | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Michael Mungai

Looking at her, I saw what could be the future of Africa if the world invested in the education and empowerment of African girls.

Wangari Maathai: A Dream of Trees

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 11.27.2011 | World
Jennifer Buffett

In formally establishing the Green Belt Movement in 1977, Wangari was wise enough to see that for the disempowered, planting trees was in fact a radical act of self-assertion, a method of laying claim to the life-giving power of one small corner of the Earth.

Losing a Friend

Carl Pope | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Wangari Maathai died Sunday in Kenya. I have lost a dear friend, but the world has lost an amazing champion.