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!