Evening Talk: The life and work of Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai devoted her life to the protection of the environment and fought for women’s rights and democracy in Kenya. She established the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organisation which encouraged rural women to set up tree nurseries to grow trees for sale and subsequent replanting to reduce poverty and restore Africa’s forests. In 2004 Wangari became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Hear more about Wangari’s story from another Kenyan woman, Mary Njoki, who came to Edinburgh to study and work as a social worker. She still lives in Scotland and has been inspired to continue Wangari’s legacy through being involved in various environmental initiatives including tree planting projects in Edinburgh and at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
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