|Wangari Maathai by photographer Martin Rowe|
Kenyan environmentalist and activist Wangari Maathai had a simple but ingenious strategy: To pay women to plant trees to solve both unemployment and deforestation. Her Green Belt Movement is responsible for planting more than 30 million trees across Africa and empowering more than 900,000 women, according to the United Nations.
She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and passed away late Sunday at age 71 after battling cancer. Read The New York Times account here.
Click here to donate to the Green Belt Movement’s memorial fund to continue Maathai’s extraordinary work around the world.