Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement in Africa, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The movement has planted over 30 million trees to date in an attempt to reclaim the environment and provide sustainability to women and their families throughout Africa. Here is an excerpt from her Nobel acceptance speech given Friday:
In this year’s prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has placed the critical issue of environment and its linkage to democracy and peace before the world. For their visionary action, I am profoundly grateful. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come. Our work over the past 30 years has always appreciated and engaged these linkages.Maathai is truly one of the most remarkable people in the environmental movement, a visionary who sees the intersection of the environment with every aspect of life. Read the rest of her speech by clicking here.
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