Wangari Maathai Honored at a UN Event

Printer-friendly versionPDF version

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai’s memory was honoured at an event on the sidelines of the 17th Convention of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) climate change talks in Durban on Wednesday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined famed environmentalist Jane Goodall in paying tribute to Maathai and her work in conservation and fighting deforestation in Africa.

There was also a special message from former US president Bill Clinton.

Jeff Horowitz, of organisers Avoided Deforestation Partners, said Maathai’s untimely death in September was a tragic loss to the world.

He said she was meant to speak at the event in Durban, but now her legacy through the Green Belt Movement would see her dream of planting a billion trees worldwide being fulfilled.

Kenyan-born Maathai became the first African woman and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

She was recognised for her struggle for human rights and environmental conservation through the Green Belt Movement, which has seen mainly women plant millions of trees in East Africa.

Ban said the world was already stretched, having now to support 7 billion people.

He said that the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative could play an important role in realising Maathai’s vision to save rainforests of the world.

Goodall said the world was facing a climate change crisis. While the world wanted to be “politically correct” on the issue of human population growth, going over the 7 billion mark was a huge challenge that needed to be faced.

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/mercury/kenyan-activist-lauded-at-cop17-1.1194567

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions to Mwakilishi.com.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Facebook Comments Box

Follow us on Twitter @mwakilishi.

Featured Article

When the world met in Asuncion Paraguay for the sixth Global Peace Convention (GPC) recently, Kenya once again left its mark as the land of great achievers, and those of us who were fortunate to be in what South Americans prefer to call “The Mothe...

1079 reads

Featured Article

Early this week, a group of men pounced on a middle-aged woman and stripped her naked for allegedly being inappropriately dressed.

The incident which has since attracted the attention of the Director of Public Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko ha...

8465 reads

Featured Article

You know that things are thick when citizens living in the diaspora decide to intervene for wrongs committed in their countries in a bid to salvage a situation. The stripping incident not only affected women locally but also the Kenyan women who l...

10535 reads

Featured Article

A British blogger has characterized Kenyans as lazy and non-progressive compare to our East African neighbors. ‘Mzungu MKenya’ says he has been traveling the the East African region frequently for the ten years, but says that in those ten...

6104 reads

SYNDICATED NEWS FEEDS

Aggregated Feeds