Wangari Maathai is known as the leading environmentalist of Africa and the Third World in general. She was a founding member of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, an environmental initiative of reforestation designed to stop oil erosion, provide cheap and available fuel, to employ and empower Kenya's rural workers who are, almost exclusively, women. In addition, she is a strong vocal activist for civil rights, the rule of law, free speech and public political responsibility. In 1989 Dr. Maathai received a United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 award and was awarded a "Woman of the World" from the Princess of Wales.
Last Updated: 9/14/09