wangari maathai 1940 – 2011

See here for a Guardian article on Wangari Maathai

August, 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya: Then Sen. Barack Obama, wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, Malia and other children help plant tree with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai

President Barack Obama greets Kenyan professor Wangari Maathai in the doorway of the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009

29 Responses to “wangari maathai 1940 – 2011”

  1. 1 Doris
    September 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks Chips for posting this. I read this last night and it broke my heart. She was such a beautiful spirit and will be truly missed around the world. What a lady, a humanitarian, what a believer in life. I remember when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. There was a beautiful documentary on her and I fell in love with her then. Goodbye sweet spirit, we will miss you.

  2. September 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you for this, Chips. I posted a link to the article. Do you mind if I link to the video and pics on 3 Chics? Appreciate it.

  3. 6 hopefruit2
    September 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Chips for posting – what an amazing woman! May she RIP.

  4. 7 utaustinliberal
    September 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    What a phenomenal woman. May she rest in eternal peace.

  5. 11 Dakota
    September 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    The world has lost an amazing Sister. Rest in Blessed Peace, Beautiful Wangari.

  6. 12 sjterrid
    September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks Chips for posting this. May she rest in peace.

  7. 13 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    RIP Mrs Maathai 😦 😦 😦

  8. September 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    A first ‘met’ her about 2 years ago when a coworker invited staff to see the movie of her life’s work. It was an eye-opener for me as I’d never heard of her before. May she rest in peace and may the flame she ignited in her native land never be extinguished. I noticed in the clip Chips posted that Ms Maathai saw the attainment of freedom and the involvement of the individual in much the same way the President does – by empowering ourselves.

  9. September 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    What a beautiful woman! Reminds me of the insights and work of the President’s mother. Thank you for posting.

  10. 18 VaCat
    September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What an impressive and inspiring woman she was. She will be missed, but thankfully her legacy will live on – not only through all the trees she planted, but also through all the seeds of justice, equality, and democracy that she sowed among her people and more. I am so sad to hear this news today but I know she will never be forgotten.

  11. 20 HZ
    September 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    A great spirit has left us with much to think upon. Rest in peace dear one. Her words:

    “Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives.

    You have to nurture it, you have to water it,

    You have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care of itself.

    There are so many enemies of trees.” Wangari Maathai


  12. 21 Eleroy
    September 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Great woman!!! I was stunned to hear of her death last night. She will be greatly missed!!! Shalom!!!

  13. 22 GOVCHRIS1988
    September 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    May this lovely and effervescent lady rest in Heavenly peace. She left the world better than she found it.

  14. 24 JoJothecat
    September 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Condolences to a woman who devoted her life to service others and better the woman and people in her country. May she rest in peace.

  15. 25 Chi
    September 27, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Incredibly sad news…

    Eternal rest grant her oh Lord and let light perpetual shine on her…

    May she rest in perfect peace…

  16. 26 JCAfrica
    September 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    This woman was well-loved in Japan. She introduced the ‘mottainai’ phenomenon (Don’t waste) there. I remember whenever my students found out I was African, they always said,”Ah, you must know Ms. Mottainai then”. The world is poorer without her yet richer at the same time because she lived….

  17. September 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Another great woman is gone. May she find peace wherever she is. But I’d wish such people lived longer to impact more on society.

  18. 28 Titti
    September 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

    An inspirational and phenomenal woman. The world has lost a ‘gem’ – may she RIP.

  19. September 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    It is indeed a sad time.Wangari was one of the people that actually stirred up not only environmental issues but showcased the power of the African woman in creating change within Africa.She touched African households when African women were seen but never heard.SHE SPOKE TO US. Pongezi mama.

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