Wangari Muta Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Mazingira Green Party of Kenya, Nobel Peace Prize winner, dead of cancer at age 71

Wangari MaathaiIn a statement posted at their website, The Greenbelt Movement announced the death of Wangari Muta Maathai, the founder of the organization.

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.

In addition to her work with the Greenbelt Movement, Maathai founded the Mazingira Green Party of Kenya. The Daily Nation in Nairobi gives an interesting perspective on her brave efforts and extensive accomplishments. Greens and others of good will across the globe will miss her deeply.

Gregg Jocoy

55 year old father of two girls and grandfather of two girls. South Carolina Green since 2000.

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  1. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to meet and talk with her a few years ago when she was in Washington, D.C. She was an incredibly courageous and charismatic human being.

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