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Climate Change Resilience May Mean Planting More Trees
One Kenyan woman is leading a charge to protect farmers from global warming by carrying on the work of her Nobel Prize-winning mother.
In the late 1970s, the legendary Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai began to promote the idea that planting trees could be an effective way for rural women to combat poverty in their communities. Trees provide a home-grown source of fuel and income for farmers. By the time of her death in 2011 at age 71, Maathai had become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and could claim a legacy of some 51 million trees planted around her home country.
Now, her daughter Wanjira Mathai is building on her mother’s work on trees, but with a new focus: Protecting Kenyans—particularly farmers— from the impacts of manmade climate change.
“Addressing climate change for Kenya, and I dare say for Africa, is