· The Essay ·
It was in 1977 that the Kenyan biologist Wangari Maathai (1940-2011, the first Central African woman university graduate launched her challenge: to combat the wild erosion that was undermining the subsistance of her country, and of the whole African continent, Maathai founded a non-governmental organization made up of women from rural areas. Their weapon was the spade: indeed, its members started planting indigenous trees, fruit trees and small shrubs. Since then 51 million trees have been planted in Kenya and cared for by the Green Belt Movement. Of the many books written by Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, we recall The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience (published in 2003, a year before the award she received in Oslo), in which the activist descibes the path that leads to uniting ecology, democracy and peace in the name of respect for the creation and creatures. Especially the weakest and the most endangered. (@GiuliGaleotti)
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