28 Sep '11, 4pm

Remembering Wangari Maathai: People Should Be "Active Participants" in Environmental Restoration from @rachelcernansky

Remembering Wangari Maathai: People Should Be "Active Participants" in Environmental Restoration from @rachelcernansky

It was an exciting moment: the first time the prize was awarded to an environmentalist and to an African woman. She was both, although she was no stranger to firsts . The Nobel Prize that year seemed like a formal recognition that the fight for environmental sustainability is an integral part of the battle for human rights, and that one cannot be fought without the other. The world lost Wangari on Sunday—and her family plans to bury her without a wooden coffin , out of respect for her opposition to cutting trees down to make them. They've also requested that people around the world "plant trees in honour of Wangari." When I heard about the loss of the inspiring environmental hero and leader that Wangari was , I looked back at my interview with her and thought about why she was such a force for me personally at the time. She was one of the first people, at least one of the ...

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