The Green Belt Movement was founded in 1977 by the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. It has planted over 50 million trees throughout Kenya, provided hundreds of thousands of rural women and men with meaningful work, and most importantly has empowered ordinary people to make a difference in their lives by fostering a spirit of democracy, accountability, and justice.
Following Wangari Maathai's untimely death in September 2011, the Green Belt Movement has gone through a tough time, losing their source of inspiration and chief fundraiser. Anything you can give to help this wonderful organization for conservation, social empowerment, and self-reliance continue its vital work protecting watersheds, mitigating global warming, and conserving topsoil will be much appreciated.
I knew Wangari very well. She took delight in my running, and (pumping her arms) she'd tell me how much she wanted to join me on the starting line, if only her knees didn't cause her so much trouble. All of us who knew her miss her deeply. I've already run the Chicago marathon (October) and will run the Brooklyn marathon two weeks after this one. All three runs will be in memory of her. Thank you.