Cover image for Environmental activist Wangari Maathai / Jennifer Swanson.
Title:
Environmental activist Wangari Maathai / Jennifer Swanson.
ISBN:
9781512499827
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Lerner Publications, 2018.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents:
Connecting with the land -- Finding roots in education -- Planting for the future -- Taking action -- Inspiring a generation -- Timeline.
Abstract:
Explores the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai who started the Green Belt Movement in her native Kenya which educated women and paid them for every tree they planted.
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Have you ever tried to come up with ways to solve a problem in your community? Wangari Maathai worked to solve an environmental crisis and help people at the same time.

When Maathai was young, it was unusual for girls in Kenya to go to school, but she was determined to learn more about science and nature. As an adult, she noticed that people were cutting down too many trees. Maathai knew that forest loss was bad for the health of the environment and people. She started the Green Belt Movement, which educated women in rural villages and paid them for every tree they planted. The program helped plant millions of trees and brought money to the villages. For her environmental and human rights work, Maathai became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.


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