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Wangari Maathai Passes Away at 71


Nobel Peace Laureate, environmentalist, and political activist Wangari Maathai passed away in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend. Maathai is best known for her work with the Green Belt Movement, founded in 1977, which sought to plant trees across Kenya in an effort provide jobs for women and to fight soil erosion and produce sustainable fuel. A constant force in Kenyan politics and affairs, Maathai served in parliament from 2003-2008 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." Her most recent books Replenishing the Earth and The Challenge for Africa address her concerns for both the environment and society at large and offer realistic options to those trying to promote real change in Africa and around the world.

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