From The Green Belt Movement – October 3, 2011 #RIP Wangari Maathai
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A memorial service in celebration of the life of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai will be held on the 14th October 2011 at 10 a.m.
The service will include a Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi. The service will be followed by a musical tribute and celebration of Wangari’s life through music, poetry and tributes later that afternoon.
As we mourn her passing, we dedicate this time to give tribute and celebrate her extraordinary life and contribution to the world. Prof. Maathai was, like the hummingbird she spoke of so often, doing the best she could with what she had.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that we honour Prof. Maathai’s life by planting a tree through the Green Belt Movement.
Information on planned memorials around the world will be announced in due course, please refer to our website for further updates.
More details about the funeral and memorial services are available at our website.
Saturday, October 8, 2011: Her Final Journey
A private funeral service is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Lee Funeral Home at 8.00 a.m. The cortege will thereafter depart Lee Funeral Home at 9am and proceed to Freedom Corner (Uhuru Park) for a tree planting ceremony, performance of official rites in her honor and inter-faith prayers. The tree planting ceremony will launch countrywide tree planting activities jointly sponsored and facilitated by the Green Belt Movement and the Government of Kenya. Five thousand seedlings will be planted across the country.
Thereafter, the family will proceed to Kariokor Crematorium for the final rites. Members of the public are welcome to pay their last respect both at Freedom Corner and along the route from Lee Funeral Home to Kariokor. The Government will provide logistical support along the entire funeral procession route. The details pertaining to the route will be announced at a later date.
Kenya : funérailles nationales dans un grand parc pour Wangari Maathai
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Kenya :funérailles nationales pour Wangari Maathai (africa1.com)
8 OCTOBRE 2011 NAIROBI (AFP) – (AFP)
Des centaines de personnes en larmes se sont rassemblées samedi, dans un grand parc du centre de Nairobi et ont suivi le cercueil, recouvert du drapeau national, du prix Nobel de la Paix Wangari Maathai, décédée le 25 septembre, à travers les rues de la capitale.
Le lieu du rassemblement, Uhuru Park (Parc de la Liberté en Swahili), avait été sauvé de la destruction par Wangari Maathai, célèbre pour son combat contre la déforestation et décédée à 71 ans des suites d’un cancer.
Sa dépouille, contenue dans un cercueil confectionné en bambou et fibres de jacinthe, devait être incinérée à la fin de la cérémonie.
Elle avait fait savoir, selon sa famille, qu’elle refusait que l’on coupe un arbre pour son cercueil.
Wangari Maathai, Nobel winner, laid to rest in Kenya (bbc.co.uk)
8 October 2011 Last updated at 14:25 GMT
A state funeral for Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai has taken place at a Kenyan national park she fought to save.
Wangari Maathai: Death of a visionary 26 SEPTEMBER 2011, SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT
In pictures: Wangari Maathai 26 SEPTEMBER 2011, AFRICA
Kenya Nobel laureate Maathai dies 26 SEPTEMBER 2011, AFRICA
Kenyan collects Nobel peace prize 10 DECEMBER 2004, SCI/TECH
Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai to be cremated
Ajoutée par KBCKenya1 le 3 oct. 2011
The body of Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai will be cremated this Saturday at the Kariokor Crematorium.
Une grande perte
From @EmmanuelJAL #Twitter
@EmmanuelJAL This is beautiful #WangariMaathai may you rest in peace an amazing amazing woman http://t.co/aiyDR8NP
Wangari Maathai : The loss of a baobab (economist blog/baobab)
Sep 26th 2011, 9:12 by J.L. | NAIROBI
THIS blog was named after a tree because a tree nurtures, it holds together the land and provides sustenance and a gathering point for a local community. The Kenyan environmentalist, Wangari Maathai, understood these qualities better than anyone. The winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, who died on September 25th while undergoing treatment for cancer at a hospital in Nairobi, worked tirelessly over the last decades to plant over 20m trees throughout Africa. As a woman she understood that women were strong like trees; they should do the planting.
She was lionhearted. She took on Kenya’s strongman, Daniel arap Moi, and stood up to the crooks in his government who were trying to steal Nairobi’s central park for development. She was imprisoned and brutalised, but she won: Uhuru Park will be her legacy.
Ms Maathai’s organisation, the Green Belt Movement will outlast her. In life she was marginalised and her green agenda ignored; now she is dead and cannot excoriate the ruling class for its venality, vanity and lack of vision, Ms Maathai will be reinvented as a saint and a heroine. Environmentalists should extract the highest price from African politicians seeking to burnish themselves with Ms Maathai’s life: a commitment to sustainability. In particular, they should be forced to accelerate her visionary campaign to replant indigenous trees along river banks and ravines where the continent’s life-giving top soil is being swept away.
This video, « I will be a hummingbird » is worth watching to get a sense of Ms Maathai.
Nous venons de perdre une TRES GRANDE DAME le 25 septembre 2011
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The Green Belt Movement To Professor Wangari Maathai’s long time friends and supporters
It is with great sadness that the family of Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital, after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer. Her loved ones were with her at the time.
We feel so grateful to have had your support for all these years. You have made the work of Professor Maathai and the Green Belt Movement possible. Inspired by her work, you have taken action in your own homes and around the world to make the planet a better place. This is exactly what she would have wanted.
Professor Maathai’s departure is untimely and a very great loss to all who knew her—as a mother, relative, co-worker, colleague, role model, and heroine; or who admired her determination to make the world a more peaceful, healthier, and better place.
Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, working with women to improve their livelihoods by increasing their access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water. She became a great advocate for better management of natural resources and for sustainability, equity, and justice. A synopsis of her life and work can be read here.
Prof. Maathai leaves her three children—Waweru, Wanjira, and Muta—and a granddaughter, Ruth Wangari. They are truly very grateful for all the prayers and support they have received.
Please join us and plant a tree in celebration and remembrance of Wangari’s life and legacy.
With deep gratitude,
The Family of Professor Wangari Maathai &
The Staff of the Green Belt Movement in Nairobi, London and Washington, DC
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The Green Belt Movement has established a memorial fund to help the organization continue the amazing legacy of Wangari Maathai.