GCI Honorary Board Member and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai attended Green Cross Sweden’s Annual Meeting held 2 April in cooperation with Green Cross partner Rewir AB. She spoke on raising awareness on climate change and how to inspire change.
|Photos courtesy of Anders Rosenberg|
Prof. Maathai’s organisation, the Green Belt Movement, works closely with Green Cross Sweden on a peace project in Kenya. The project is aimed at conflict mitigation and environmental restoration in local communities. Started in 2006, the joint project is in the Maai Mahiu Rift Valley province, where conflicts erupted between the pastoral community of the Maasai and the agricultural community of the Kikuyu. Through activities such as tree planting, conflict mitigation and environmental education, the project brings the communities together for empowerment. Since the project started, some 200,000 trees have been planted. Post-election violence erupted last year bringing the project to a halt. With calm being restored, the project has resumed with the establishment of peace building councils for dialogue and reconciliation. Prof. Maathai has taken a number of steps to promote rapprochement among local communities through tree planting as well as creating youth football teams.