Help Plant an Apple Tree to Honor Dr. Wangari Maathi

The community is invited to help plant apple trees in memory of Dr. Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1991 Goldman Environmental Prize winner and 1986 Right Livelihood Award winner, who passed away last month.

The public is invited to the two occasions:

  • Monday, October 24, noon-12:30 p.m., held on the south lawn of AUNE campus, inside the fence along the bike path.
  • Thursday, November 3, noon to 1 p.m. The Thursday event will feature a discussion with filmmaker Lisa Merton, who chronicled Dr. Maathai’s life in Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai and who has just returned from Dr. Maathai’s funeral in Kenya. It will begin inside at a location to be announced, then move outside.

Dr. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an international initiative in women’s empowerment, environmental protection and sustainable development that began in Kenya. She later served as assistant minister for environment and natural resources in the government of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. She was a member of Parliament and director of the Nairobi branch of the Kenya Red Cross Society. She was the first African woman and environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the first East African woman to earn a PhD.

The tree plantings are cosponsored by AUNE’s Sustainability and Social Justice Committee, the Support Group for Ethnic Racial Diversity and the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation.