Today at work we planted an 'Autumn Splendor' Horse Chestnut tree in memory of Dr. Wangari Maathai as part of our summer camp program at work. Dr. Maathai passed away at the age of 71 two years ago on September 25. She is no longer with us, but her memory lives on in her organization, the Green Belt Movement, and in the actions of those she inspired. Wangari Maathai was an environmentalist and was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She did a very simple thing, she planted trees and she encouraged others to do the same. She said "When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and hope." This summer the children who came to camp learned about Wangari Maathai's message to plant trees and voted on what tree we would plant in her honor. Wangari showed us that anyone, even the smallest amongst us, can make a difference, simply by planting a tree.
|Photograph taken by Kenneth Brunson|