Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
Franck Prevot & Aurelia Fronty
Charlesbridge, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
s you read this very informative picture book you'll discover why Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental work and social efforts in her homeland of Kenya.
he founder of the Green Belt Movement that replaced trees which were destroyed to create land for tea, coffee and tobacco plantations, Wangari often fought her own government to launch a green movement and also improve conditions for women and children.
mprisoned several times, this indomitable woman refused to give up or stop her work to make her native land a better place for everyone. Eventually Wangari was elected to Parliament and was named Assistant Minister of the Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife.
lthough she died in 2011, the reforms and Green Belt Movement still exists, making Kenya a model for what can be done to bring natural resources back from the edge of annihilation.
eautifully designed with lots of material about this remarkable woman, this book belongs in libraries and schools plus households where there is a respect for nature and for what individuals can do to make a difference in their communities.
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