Professor Wangari Maathai Honored in Nairobi!
The Green Belt Movement is honored and humbled by the recognition of Wangari Maathai's tireless campaigns for a safe environment, through the renaming of the current Forest Road, in Nairobi, to Professor Wangari Maathai Road by the Nairobi City County.
Her efforts earned her numerous prestigous awards, and respect of millions who were inspired by her commitment to conservation, democracy, women's empowerment, the eradication of poverty, and civic engagement and we have not been left out as a country.
The work of Professor Maathai and the Green Belt Movement continues to stand as a testament to the power of grassroots, proof that one person's simple idea - that a community should come together to plant trees, can make a difference. Her legacy truly lives on through the Movement which remains in the front-line of advocating for environmental conservation in Kenya, and making great progress on reclaiming and restoring forest land.
The Movement continues to expand its horizon to include community development work encompassing the arenas of environmental conservation, democracy, women's empowerment, community development, and conflict resolution, as Wangari envisioned.
Wangari's spirit continues to live on in the daily acts of the Green Belt Movement, the Wangari Maathai Foundation and of the tens of thousands of people who are now carrying forward her struggle to create a fairer, more sustainable world.
This honor of having Wangari Maathai Road will forever keep a strong memory of her and of her fight for a greener and ecological planet, good governance and peace.
As taught by Wangari, we must work together as a nation and as humanity to promote development that does not destroy our environment as we remind ourselves of the essential components of a stable society: sustainable environmental management, democratic governance, and a culture of peace.
"The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it". Professor Wangari Maathai