Kenya, a country of vast beauty and natural resources, is plagued by water and power shortages and is headed for ecological disaster as a result of greed and corruption, asserts 1992 Goldman Prize winner and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
In a speech in late July 2009, Maathai pointed to mismanagement of resources by government and business officials as being hugely detrimental to Kenya's people. Voice of America writes:
Long considered one of Kenya's most prominent and outspoken activists, Maathai, who also spent a term in Parliament, has advocated for ordinary citizens to participate in environmental stewardship. Her organization, the Green Belt Movement, empowers women to plant trees as a means for improving the environment throughout Kenya, where colonial and post-colonial regimes sactioned huge logging projects that all but destroyed the country's forests.
On August 1, Maathai and the Green Belt Movement will begin a protest in Nairobi where the group will plant trees on wetland areas that they claim belong to the Kenyan people.