Wangari Maathai, environmentalist, humanitarian, dies at 71

Today we remember and celebrate the inspirational life of Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of the organization The Green Belt Movement, died this past weekend at the age of 71. Dr. Maathai’s movement to reforest Kenya and empower woman at the same time has planted over 30 million trees in Africa and helped nearly 900,000 women, according to the United Nations. She will be greatly missed, but her amazing work carries on and inspires similar efforts throughout Africa and around the world.

In 2007 Dr. Maathai visited the Green Seattle Partnership and assisted a tree planting at Pelly Place in West Seattle with three local schools. You can read about the visit on the West Seattle Blog.

Read the full obituary written in today’s New York Times, or view and share condolences with The Green Belt Movement.