The Passing of Dr. Wangari Maathai

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 26, 2011
Wangari Maathai on Stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement on the passing of Dr. Wangari Maathai. Secretary Clinton said:

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Wangari Maathai. The world has lost a powerful force for peace, democracy and women's rights.

"From early on, Dr. Maathai was a tireless advocate for the environment, for women and for all those in the developing world who are unable to realize their potential. She founded the Green Belt Movement that has planted millions of trees and helped women throughout Africa improve their lives and the futures of their families and their communities. She understood the deep connection between local and global problems, and she helped give ordinary citizens a voice. Her death has left a gaping hole among the ranks of women leaders, but she leaves behind a solid foundation for others to build upon. I was inspired by her story and proud to call her my friend.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her three children, Waweru, Wanjira and Muta, and her granddaughter, Ruth Wangari."

You can also read Secretary Clinton's statement here.



South Korea
September 26, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Mourn to her
she alive in our mind
Africa need more

September 27, 2011

Sammy in Kenya writes:

Sad that we lost such an icon in society. She leaves behind a legacy that would continuously challenge our indebtedness to our very own environment. Let us all in her honor continue to mind so much about the environment that we live in.

Virginia, USA
September 27, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

"May she rest in peace, be remembered for her contributions to society that changed the world. You can always tell something about a person, a warm heart, peace and goodwill flourishes like flowers in spring, a rainbow of karma." May the Lord bless her in heaven. A-men.

rosario m.
September 27, 2011

Rosario M. in the Philippines writes:

She's truly inspiring woman, leader in advocating environmental concerns. Her contributions are indeed invaluable. She did a heroic service not only for today's generation but the generation that will follow.


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