Lisa Merton

Wangari Maathai’s legacy

Wangari Maathai’s legacy

A filmmaker reflects on the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and ponders what she would have to say about the coronavirus pandemic of today and its lessons for how we care for the Earth

April 1, 2020, would have been the 80th birthday of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2004, “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”

“Prof,” as she was affectionately known, had a special relationship with Windham County. She had a long friendship with the Guilford Community Church through Rev. Lise Sparrow and was a board member of World Learning.

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