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Wangari Maathai: The Tree that Became a Forest


Pambazuka News
Issue 550
September 29, 2011


The following tributes to Wangari Maathai have been published in  Pambazuka News (English edition), the authoritative electronic weekly newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa.


WANGARI MAATHAI: RECLAIMING THE EARTH

Horace Campbell

'The best tribute we can pay to this great woman of Africa is to continue to organise so that we can gain higher levels of spiritual awareness and build the shared values for peace and social justice across the planet,' writes Horace Campbell.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76724

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THE TREES WILL CLAP FOR HER

Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940-2011

Nnimmo Bassey

Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey remembers the life of Wangari Maathai, the internationally recognised founder of the Green Belt Movement, who died on 25 September.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76698

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COMMITTED TO JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET

Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940-2011

Margaretta wa Gacheru

Wangari Maathai 'achieved more in one short lifetime than most people can even contemplate,' writes Margaretta wa Gacheru, founding 'one of the most important environmental movements in the world' and highlighting 'the capacity of African rural women to problem-solve for the planet'.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76700

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DETERRED BY NOTHING, DISCOURAGED BY NOTHING

Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940-2011

Cyril

Ritchie Cyril Ritchie pays tribute to Wangari Maathai, her 'contagious enthusiasm' and 'calming stoicism', after 36 years of friendship with 'an outstanding woman'.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76701

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A 'GREAT TREE IN HER LIFETIME'

Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940-2011

Shailja Patel

Wangari Maathai's legacies 'are not just for future generations of Kenyans - her influence was global. We have lost her far too early,' writes Shailja Patel.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76737

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'AFRICA HAS LOST A GREAT DAUGHTER'

Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940-2011

Thandika Mkandawire

Wangari Maathai was 'an amazing person', writes Thandika Mkandawire, relating a story about how Maathai defied the Kenyan government's attempt to prevent her from attending a 'subversive conference' in Uganda.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76696

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'WOMEN FOR WHOM NATIONS WILL BE NAMED AND RE-NAMED'

Sokari Ekine

Over the past month, Kenya lost 'two of its most formidable freedom fighters and justice seekers' - feminist and political activist Wambui Otieno and environmental activist Wangari Maathai. Sokari Ekine looks at reactions to the passing away of these women across the continent, and to the execution of Troy Davis by the US State of Georgia a week ago.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76726

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CELEBRATING PROFESSOR WANGARI MUTA MAATHAI

1940-2011

Odhiambo Orlale

'As we battle climate change, let us remember this remarkable woman who saw in the environmental disasters that engulf us an opportunity for the empowerment of women and the chance to promote peace in the world. We celebrate Maathai for advocating a better Africa and a better world,' writes Odhiambo Orlale.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76735

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MOTHER NATURE MOURNS YOUR LOSS

Tribute to Prof. Wangari Maathai

David Njihia Mwakodi

In the night of death

Our nightingale took her last breath

Hope saw a star shinning

Listening love heard the rustle of a wing A golden heart stopped beating And hardworking

hands went to rest...

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76728

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REMEMBERING WANGARI

Bayo Akomolafe

'Just before the stars sing, just before the childish wave wanes/You will plant another seed in the distance, another tree, another universe gained.' Bayo Akomolafe remembers Wangari Maathai.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76675

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THE BEST DOCTOR FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940-2011

Philo Ikonya

Kenya human rights activist and author Philo Ikonya shares an interview ( http://bit.ly/rb4Fws) she gave to TV2Africa following the death of Wangari Muta Maathai in Nairobi after a long struggle with cancer.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76738

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WANGARI MAATHAI: UNBOWED AND UNBEATEN TILL THE END

My tribute to a feisty and courageous woman

Rasna Warah

Professor Maathai was a celebrated environmentalist, but what was equally remarkable about her was 'her open defiance of outdated, male chauvinistic, neo-colonial and repressive attitudes and traditions' that hindered not just women, but Kenya as a whole, writes Rasna Warah.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76729

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GAY KENYA PAYS TRIBUTE TO PROF. WANGARI MAATHAI

Gay Kenya

Wangari Maathai was 'very passionate about Human Rights' as well as the environment, and was extremely supportive of Gay Kenya in its early days, the organisation recalls.

http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76750

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WANGARI MUTA MATHAAI: SHARE YOUR CONDOLENCES http://wangari.greenbeltmovement.org/

If you would like to write a tribute or read and share tributes to Wangari Maathai, this site ( http://wangari.greenbeltmovement.org ) was setup by the Greenbelt Movement in her honour.