Wangari Maathai

The ONE family learnt with shock, the passing of Nobel Peace Laureate; Prof. Wangari Maathai this morning.  We are united in grief at the passing of a true fighter, who always stood for what she believed in.  Prof. Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize in 2004, for her efforts to promote sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Before this however, Prof. Wangari Maathai, founded the Green Belt Movement more than 30 years ago, because she saw the link between poverty and a degraded environment.  Prof. Wangari Maathai lived to fight for the environment, and in particular for the preservation of Africa’s forests.  In her life time, Prof. Wangari Maathai planted millions of trees.

She understood all too well that the death of a green world was the death of us all.  The good professor took her message to the world, never tiring of repeating it to anyone who had ears to hear.

We celebrate a life well lived, but we mourn Africa’s loss of a true champion. May she rest in eternal peace.