National Press Club: 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Muta Maathai

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Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, speaks to the National Press Club about the linkage between the environment, democracy and peace. In the 1970s, Maathai opened an agency in Kenya, The Green Belt Movement, which enabled poor people to earn a rudimentary living by planting trees and shrubs.

"We must manage the limited resources we have on this planet sustainably, responsibly, accountably," said Maathai, now assistant minster for environment in the government of Kenya. "We must share these resources equitably... we can only do so if we have democratic space."



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