Wanjira Maathai, daughter of the late Wangari Maathai, paid a visit to the Goldman Prize office to chat about her mother’s legacy and the future of the Green Belt Movement. The Green Belt Movement continues to focus on tree-planting and community engagement operations in Kenya, and would eventually like focus on expanding into other African nations.
Meanwhile, work is currently underway at the University of Nairobi (where Wangari Maathai attended and later taught) on establishing the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies. The institute will be situated on five-acres of land on the University of Nairobi campus and will be a place of “experiential learning, communication, and interaction bringing together policy makers, academics, students and people from rural communities.”
As Wanjira Maathai returns to Kenya, she will continue to keep us updated on the Green Belt Movement and progress on the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies.