Save a date for the third Annual Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture

May 18, 2015

Dear Friends of The Green Belt Movement,

It’s been a busy year for the team here at Green Belt Movement (GBM) and with the new planting season upon here in Kenya, I am more positive than ever about the impact that “small acts of courage” can have on issues of community transformation and empowerment. Whether it’s our work rehabilitating degraded forest landscapes in Kenya, or teaching young Kenyans about the importance of their work as stewards of their natural habitats, GBM continues to inspire, grow, and engage. This year we will plant over 500,000 trees across Kenya. I couldn’t be more excited about the impact this will have.

The impact of Wangari’s work and commitment continues to grow. In addition to the legacy of the Green Belt Movement, another legacy project, the Wangari Maathai Institute at the University of Nairobi is also thriving. Focused on experiential learning, the Institute is inspiring a new crop of professionals to be change agents in their communities.

I am most delighted to share with you the newest legacy project that will honor the life and memory of Wangari Maathai – The Wangari Muta Maathai House. The House will be a living memorial and an energizing retreat for children & adults alike, especially activists and “change agents.” It will also be a vibrant centre with programs for youth to learn about this remarkable woman and her indomitable spirit. Visitors to the House will leave renewed and replenished—committed to the restoration of our global commons and the uplift of our common humanity. The Wangari Muta Maathai House will ensure that Wangari’s legacy continues to flourish and grow.

Finally, I hope you will be able to join us at the third Annual Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture. It will take place this June 16th in London. With an inspirational and charismatic Keynote Speaker, my friend, Executive Director of Greenpeace International Kumi Naidoo, I look forward to an inspiring and engaging evening. Mr Naidoo will be delivering his address “A Billion Acts of Courage,” a sentiment that I know Wangari would identify so closely with.

Thank you, as ever, for your continued interest and support of our work. We could not do it without you. Please go to our events page to reserve your ticket today.

Thank you for all of your support, I hope to see you there.

With warmest regards,
Wanjira Maathai

Chair, Green Belt Movement



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