The board and staff of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) are deeply saddened by the passing of Nobel laureate and Kenyan conservationist Dr. Wangari Maathai, a longtime friend of the Institute and a member of Jane Goodall’s International Advisory Council.
In 2004, Wangari became the first environmentalist and African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite major obstacles and threats, she was an ardent advocate for protecting forests, women’s rights and democracy. In 1977, Wangari founded the Green Belt Movement, which was initially a grassroots tree planting program aimed at empowering women and addressing deforestation. As a result of the Green Belt Movement’s efforts, more than 40 million trees have been planted across Africa.
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