Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa

Wangari's Trees of Peace

Wangari is a little girl growing up in a forest at the base of a mountain in Kenya, Africa. When she grows up, she earns a scholarship to come to the US to study. Returning to Kenya after 6 years, she discovers that her forest is gone! Wangari decides to do something, she starts in her own backyard by planting 9 trees.  She encourages other people to do the same, and then something remarkable happens – she inspires so many people that more than 30 million trees have been planted! Author & Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

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  1. Staff Recommend: Diane Palguta, College Library

    This beautifully illustrated biography of Kenya native Wangari Maathai shows one person can make a difference. Concerned about deforestation, the biological sciences graduate and professor began a world movement when she planted nine seedlings in her own backyard, persuaded other women to plant additional indigenous trees, and paid them for seedlings still alive after three months. The resulting Green Belt Movement has planted 30 million trees in Kenya. The poverty reduction and environmental conservation effort has spread to 30 African countries and beyond. Wangari Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

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