I was so saddened to find out recently that someone so inspirational to me had passed. Wangari Maathai was a beautiful human being with a great vision. She founded the Green Belt Movement to repopulate deserted land with trees. She saw that without trees, our lives were lost.
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.
We can honor her by following in her footsteps to do those “little things” that make a difference:
It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.
On Monday, November 14, we can also come together to celebrate the life and passionate work of this incredible woman. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Wangari Muta Maathai (1940–2011) A Memorial Ceremony Philosopher, environmentalist, educationist, political activist, freedom fighter, mother, grandmother, guiding light. We will miss her. We will celebrate her. We will emulate her. We will never forget her.—H. E. Macharia Kamau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative at Kenya Mission to United Nations The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street) New York, NY November 14th, 2011 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. The ceremony will begin promptly. Please, no flowers or presents. Donations to Green Belt Movement (www.greenbeltmovement.org)