Maathai became a key figure in Kenya since founding the movement in 1977, staunchly campaigning for environmental conservation and good governance gaining world wide fame when she won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her reforestation work in her native Kenya making her the first African woman, the first Kenyan and the first environmentalist to receive this honour. Her organisation, The Green Belt Movement has so far planted some 40 million trees across Africa and increasing.
As the bird in the video above, her courage, strength and determination in conserving the environment did not only speak of what should be done but what we ought to have done, conserve, conserve and conserve! I may have not met her in real life, but from what i have read and watched, she's truly an inspiration to not only myself but Kenya and the World!We ought to walk in her shoes and continue her efforts but most importantly, we need to keep her dream alive!
Earth will miss you Professor Maathai !