Tribute to Wangari Mathai - Her Legacy Lives On!

Tribute to Wangari Mathai - Her Legacy Lives On!

6 years ago today, the late Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai went to be with the Lord. She is globally remembered for her undying efforts to conserve the enviroment and her fight for women rights. 

The following are a few interesting facts you may not have known about her.

1. She studied in the United States (Mt. St. Scholastica currently known as Benedictine College) and the University of Pittsburgh. 

2. Her Husband, Mwangi, filed for a divorce in 1977 saying that Wangari was too strong minded than he could handle. 

3. She was awarded the Rght Livelihood Award in 1984 

4. She was an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council 

5. She was an Elected Member of Parliament and served as an assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources 

6. In 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement - an environment non - governmental organisation focused on the planting of trees, environmental conversation and women's rights. 

7. In 2004, she became the First African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. 

8. In 2014, at what would have been her 50-year reunion, her Mount St. Scholastica classmates and Benedictine College unveiled a statue of the Nobel laureate at her alma mater's Atchison, Kansas campus

9. In October 2016, Forest Road in Nairobi was renamed to Wangari Maathai Road for her efforts to oppose several attempts to degrade forests and public parks through the Green Belt Movement

Zuri Ignite was founded on the basis of sustainable development. Six years later, we continue with the work that this amazing lady started. We are the proud champions of sustainable events in the region and we plan to remain so. 

We can transform this world, one tree at a time, one less plastic bag at a time, one recycling effort at a time. 

Walk this journey with us,--People-Friendly-Events 

''When I see Uhuru Park and contemplate its meaning, I feel compelled to fight for it so that my grandchildren may share that dream and that joy of freedom as they one day walk there '' Wangari Muta Maathai – Unbowed, p. 192.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today - Chinese Proverb. 

If you really think the economy is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money - Dr. Guy McPherson.