Last week, the world marked the first memorial anniversary of Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai. The late Prof. Wangari Maathai was an international icon, Kenyan heroine and founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM) an organization focused on environmental conservation and women empowerment. In the recent past, among many other things she is famed for her role in the UNEP’s 1 billion-tree campaign. In Kenya, the memorial anniversary was marked at the GBM headquarters in Nairobi. In the US, tree planting ceremonies in her honor were held in Washington DC and New York.
The Voinovich School was not left behind as the world honored an environmental icon. In paying tribute to her, Loraine McCosker of the Environmental Studies program engaged the MSES first year students in a class discussion focused primarily on her illustrious environmental work; a documentary about her also was featured in class. Wangari Maathai also featured in a seminar on Environment and Development at the International Development studies department. Two first year students participated in the seminar and used Wangari’s Green Belt Movement as an example to show the connection between environment and development.
“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” Wangari Maathai.
Sources: City of New York Park& Recreation, GBM, UNEP, Voinovich School and Wikipedia