The Green Belt Movement

✨SKWOODLE WOMAN✨ Wangari Maathai is known for her roles as an environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor and human rights advocate. She was the first woman from East or Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.⁠

Dr. Maathai began a movement to reforest her country by paying poor women to plant trees. In 1977 she founded the Green Belt Movement (@greenbeltmovement) with a mission to plant trees across Kenya to fight erosion and to create firewood for fuel and jobs for women.⁠

She toured the world, speaking out against environmental degradation and poverty, which she recognized as intersecting issues. She saw a direct connection between environmentalism, democracy, and human rights advocacy to deforestation, soil erosion and poverty. We constantly look up to Dr. Maathai in environmentalism for @nowhereandeverywhere_ (our sister project) and she features in a product we have coming out soon!⁠



Environment, Women