Today is Wangari Maathai Day: Best reason to plant a tree today: 3rd March 2014



3rd Match is celebrated as Wangari Maathai Day


A call for action and to plant a tree today



Monday 3rd March 2014 marked the third annual Wangari Maathai Day in Africa. A special celebration will be held at UNEP with Achim Steiner, The Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, CAVS, Wanjira Mathai, government and NGO representatives.

The theme was Youth – Healing the Earth: Education Environment Empowerment. Prof Maathai’s vision of preserving the environment for future generations and truly sustainable development in Kenya and Africa.
Planned activities for the day included tree planting, exhibitions and a youth dialogue forum coordinated by representatives from the Green Belt Movement and Tunza youth programmes.



Silent Forests & Famine in East Africa

“Governments must demonstrate a commitment to standing forests and the rehabilitation of degraded forests. This can be done only if national laws that encourage continued deforestation and forest degradation are reformed; and if communities are supported to plant appropriate trees. If none of this happens, considerable financial resources will be invested without achieving reductions in poverty and other development gains. As the world can see in the east of Africa, there is no time to waste.”    (The Guardian, Nov 2011)


Wangari Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize Winner spent her life planting and nurturing trees

We know what to do. Why don't we do it?

"Nature is still being taken for granted. Yet when it is destroyed, life itself goes. Politicians [everywhere] are putting immediate needs ahead of the long term. We must challenge the decision makers. We must appeal not just to their heads, but to their hearts. I can only see getting worse things if we do nothing." (The Guardian May 2009)


Tree planting Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai was a great advocate of conserving the environment


On receiving the news of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 2004
“It is evident that many wars are fought over resources which are now becoming increasingly scarce. If we conserved our resources better, fighting over them would not then occur…so, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace…those of us who understand the complex concept of the environment have the burden to act. We must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist.”

“As long as there is no trust and confidence that there will be justice and fairness in resource distribution, political positioning will remain more important than service.” From a statement entitled, “Fears that Threaten Our Unity,” Nairobi, 2003


Planting trees, protecting forests and the environment, Wangari Maathai speaking about protecting our natural resources.


Re-dedicating herself to the fight to save Karura Forest, Nairobi, 2001

“I have invested 20 years of my life in this campaign for the environment and I’m still only scratching the surface. I am confident of winning. Nobody will build anything [in the forest] as long as we live. We cannot dignify theft.”


Wangari Maathai did not let anything be built in the Karura Forest, Nairobi


On the occasion of the mini-Beijing Women’s Conference, Nairobi, 1995

“In the world there is a new collective force of people mobilising around the issue of peace but linking it to the need to protect the environment. But we must assert our collective vision and responsibility to shape that peace not only for our country but also for the whole of Africa.”


Wangari Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize Winner spent her life planting and protecting trees.


From a speech at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, USA, 1994

“The women of the Green Belt Movement have learned about the causes and the symptoms of environmental degradation. They have begun to appreciate that they, rather than their government, ought to be the custodians of the environment.”





From a speech at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, USA, 1994
“The women of the Green Belt Movement have learned about the causes and the symptoms of environmental degradation. They have begun to appreciate that they, rather than their government, ought to be the custodians of the environment.”




Nobel Prize Lecture, 2004

“Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come. Our work over the past 30 years has always appreciated and engaged these linkages.

Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.

In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other.  That time is now.

I would like to call on young people to commit themselves to activities that contribute toward achieving their long-term dreams. They have the energy and creativity to shape a sustainable future. To the young people I say, you are a gift to your communities and indeed the world. You are our hope and our future.”


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