Wangari Maathai: Plant trees, Win Nobel Peace Prize

Truly, hardship creates the fertile soil for hope and inspiration. We can only know our strengths from the driven need discovered in all of us to push forward.

Women such as Wangari Maathai are true role models in our modern world. Wangari was born in the Kenyan Highlands in 1940. As an adult she strove to promote “ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development” via her Green Belt Movement. She was imprisoned and beaten repeatedly for the simple reason of planting trees (over 30 million through Green Belt), empowering women, and insisting on ecological viability in the economy.

Regrettably, Wangari Maathai passed in 2011 but there are several books about this inspirational woman.

Check them out!

Unbowed: A Memoir

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

~Amanda Zimmerman, Library Assistant