Earth Charter Commissioner Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Wangari Maathai, Earth Charter Commissioner for Kenya, will be honored with the Nobel Peace
Prize.  She is the first woman in Africa to receive this honor. Dr. Maathai is the embodiment of
the Earth Charter's vision.
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Dr. Maathai was at the International Launch of the Earth Charter at The Hague Peace Palace in
June 2000 where the Earth Charter Community Summits were announced during The Hague
ceremony as the largest grassroots effort in the United States. She enthusiastically wanted the
Summits Manual as soon as it was ready. An effort is being made to bring Dr. Maathai to
Tampa to speak about her Earth Charter work.


In December 2004, Wangari Maathai, Earth Charter Commissioner
for Kenya, will be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.  She is the
first woman in Africa to receive this honor. Dr. Maathai is the
embodiment of the Earth Charter's vision. She has taken a holistic
approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy,
human rights and women's rights in particular. She founded the
Green Belt Movement where, for nearly thirty years, she has
mobilized poor women to plant 30 million trees.  In the process they
gain economic power through payment for their work.  Her methods
have spread to other countries. In the barrenness of Kenya, she
singlehandedly has created lushness and hope by thinking globally
and acting locally.
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