“Plant a Tree” ~ Environmentalist Wangari Maathai’s Global Campaign and Legacy to the Youth

Posted September 28, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 5,525 views


By Solomon W. Jagwe, | With the world Bank kicking off its global Connect 4 Climate campaign this month, the subject of the protection if the worlds forests is once again in the limelight.

In Africa, where many of the participants in the Photo and video competition are going to come from, there has been no stronger advocate for the preservation of our Forests, than the late Nobel Prize winning Environmentalist, Wangari Maathai.

She had been on a crusade to spread the message that planting a tree is so crucial to the survival of our planet. She harnessed both print and video to carry this message across. Her message rings true today as loud as when she began on the selfless quest to share her passion with the rest of the world and to inspire her fellow Kenyans and so many others that crossed her path. Today we are reminded that the effort of one woman, sowed a seed in many across the globe and her passion lives on in the hearts and minds of the youth she interacted with.

I was chatting with a Freelance Documentary Film Maker, Melonie Kastman, who worked on a documentary together with the Late Dr. Wangari and this is what she had to say:

“I must say that the quiet simple message that Wanguri Maathi, patiently lived, taught and shared was one of the most moving moments in my career. She clearly inspired multiple generations in all kinds of circumstances, empowering and encouraging people to change and improve life for themselves!” Melonie Kastman

Maathai, you will never be forgotten and we promise to carry on the torch that your weary hands carried for such a long time. Though you might have passed on, yet your Spirit and quest lives on. You would be proud to know that there is a movement growing among the youth ranks, and I proud to have been inspired by you. Aluta Continua.

Nairobi, Kenya. Reforesting. Transforming communities to be self-sustaining.

Some Photos from The United Nations Environment Programme launch of its “Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign” with support from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, and in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

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Connect4Climate (C4C) is a campaign, a competition, and a community that cares about climate change. The goal of C4C is to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world, with an initial focus on Africa. With the help of our broad coalition of partners, both big and small, we are kickstarting an interactive dialogue on climate change issues amongst African youth and global social media users. With roughly 70% of Africa’s total population under 30, the Connect4Climate campaign will tap the rich potential of African’s youth as powerful agents of social change.

The Competition
To launch the campaign, Connect4Climate is running a photo and video competition on climate change focused on African youth. If you are between the ages of 13 to 30, please send us your photos or videos (60 seconds or less) that tell a climate change story or present a cool idea for solutions related to one of these six categories:

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