The Minister of Environment, Professor Foday M. Jaward in his welcome address stated that Sierra Leone was proud to be the host for the African Environment Day 2020.
This year's celebration was held at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park, a place that symbolizes all Professor Maathai stood for.
The new toilet is also more child-friendly than the accident-prone traditional pit latrines.
Green spaces in cities increase property values and reduce crime and, according to the World Health Oganisation, enhance overall well-being.
With this bold initiative, the communities are optimistic that Saba Saba River will continue serving this region as it has for eons and therefore safeguard their livelihoods.
As the daughter of Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai and Board member of the Green Belt Movement, she is carrying forward her mother’s work and is striving to preserve and honor her legacy.
Maathai was steadfast in her determination to fight for the twin issues of conservation and human rights — and planting trees was a symbol of defiance.
She was beaten and impoverished, mocked and harassed, but also lived to see millions of trees planted, revitalizing villages and through those villages, a nation.
Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
This year, Professor Maathai’s relentless environmental conservation work was immortalized with the naming of a landmark international conference hall in her honor at the August 7th Memorial Park.