Remembering Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya

I was deeply saddened to learn the news today that Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya, the first woman from Africa and first environmentalist ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize, had passed away.Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement, addresses guests at a reception in her honor at the home of Tony & Gay Browne, Montecito, CA. © IFAW/D. GadomskiI was deeply saddened to learn the news today that Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya, the first woman from Africa and first environmentalist ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize, had passed away.

As founder of the Green Belt Movement, Professor Maathai was an incredible advocate for the environment and human rights. In the fall of 2006, the International Fund for Animal Welfare joined with the Maasai Girls Education Fund and other organizations for a reception honoring Professor Maathai in Santa Barbara, California.

Her warmth and spirit were contagious and she easily inspired those around to make the world a better place. She was a trailblazer and inspiration and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. --FO

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