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Join World Pulse in Joyful Celebration of Wangari Maathai

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On September 25th, 2011, the world lost a great leader. The emotional outpouring at the news of Wangari Maathai’s death highlighted the Kenyan activist’s global influence as a Nobel laureate, a politician, a scientist, a professor; as a pioneering environmentalist, a voice for her people, and as a women’s empowerment advocate. Above all, she will be remembered as the soul of an enduring movement.

World Pulse invites you to post your tribute to Wangari Maathai to your PulseWire journal.

“It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” -Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai may have viewed tree planting as a little thing. But through her vision and determination, and the legions of women she inspired, one tree turned into over 40 million. She raised the bar for what’s possible; for what we can and should expect of ourselves—and of each other. Today the Green Belt Movement she founded is alive and well, with its sights set on planting a billion trees—while empowering women to become stewards of the environment and their societies.

Beyond the official Green Belt Movement, ordinary individuals are carrying on her legacy in their own ways. In the days following Wangari’s passing, PulseWire was flooded with touching tributes. Some from women who had met Wangari personally. Others who have felt her impact from across the globe.

Add your voice to the chorus. Have you been inspired by Wangari Maathai? What “little thing” do you have to offer the planet? Is it a tree? A poem or reflection? A letter to a future generation? An idea or call to action?

Read PulseWire community members' reflections on Wangari Maathai.


Lots of Youths from all over the World,are attending a World Conference of Youths on Climate Change at Kwazulu-Natalm University,in Durban South Africa.The Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change spoke on how Wangari Maathai encouraged them to chart a voice for African Youths on Climate Change.The Africa Youth Iniative on Climate Change is coming to COP17 with about 160 youths from across Africa and Europe,demanding for Climate Justice.Watch Out for the We Have Faith Youths in Durban.

lawal4eva's picture

She was a Rare Gem

Wangari was an intelligent woman with a mindset that is rare in women. She will remain in history for a long time!!!

Wangari Maathai has shown to the world the essence of women
leadership. This she could do because of her intelligence (IQ),
courage and her education. For men and women across the world
she is a exemplary example of leadership and how positive change
for can be brought about in meaninful ways. In her death the
world has lost a valuable resource. Mr Sanjay Dixit, Mumbai, India.

sanjay r. dixit

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