The fourth Wangari Maathai memorial
September 25, 2015 - 10:00AM
Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park
September 25, 2015 marks the fourth memorial anniversary of Professor Wangari Maathai passing.
We are delighted to share that on this day, September 25th at 10 am, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) will host a people's march to encourage communities to raise their voices on climate change and the natural environment.
The Green Belt Movement will lead approximately 500 community members and partners to walk from the Jeevanjee Garden through Moi Avenue, Haile Selassie Avenue and then to Freedom corner, Uhuru Park, Nairobi.
The Chief Guest on this occasion will be Professor Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
Several events will be held in different parts of Kenya and one will be held in the Lake Victoria watershed (Mt Elgon Kenya) and in Turkana /Omo (Cherangani water tower). This particular event in Western Kenya will be organized together with the 120 women community leaders who have been trained through the MacArthur-funded project that aims at unlocking women potential in natural resource management.
This event is evidence that women are becoming the drivers of change in the communities in which they live, and they are willing to work together to move as leaders of climate justice. The march will bring many people, especially women, together as protectors of the natural resources and they will share experiences on ways they are coping with climate change.
Governments will be reminded; from local to global levels, of the need to make greater effort to connect with and support grassroots women’s groups, whose practical experiences and solutions can help ensure that the policies being adopted will be better received and make a difference at the community level if they are inclusive.