GBM Blog

Wangari Maathai song by Carli Muñoz

October 15, 2018 - 11:30AM
Published by Communications

“Wangari Maathai” the first single from Carli Muñoz' stunning new album, FOLLOW ME, tells the story of the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for empowering women in her native Kenya to plant trees, bringing barren land back to life and ultimately achieving a sustainable local economy. She also founded the Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 51 million trees and advocates for gender equality.

With a sense of near-reverence, Muñoz invokes Maathai to inspire action in a world that badly needs our care. Quoting Maathai’s prescient warning, “The generation that destroyedhe environment is not the generation that pays the price,” the song ends on a hopeful note – “when we plant trees we plant seeds of hope.” “I’m concerned with preserving the environment for future generations,” Muñoz explained. “Wangari Maathai’s work with women and young girls to create social equity with something as simple as planting trees – which helps restore the environment and counter the effects of deforestation – was so inspiring. She showed us that one person truly can make a difference.”