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VIDEO: Remembering Wangari Maathai, First African Woman to Win Nobel Prize

The world lost a dynamic force today as Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai lost her battle with ovarian cancer. In 1975, Maathai began the Green Belt Movement, an organization that planted trees in Kenya. Eventually, the small effort grew into an African movement to protect the environment against the ravages of deforestation, pollution, and other harmful human-made practices.

Maathai's message is still very needed today, particularly as drought and famine cause many around the world to suffer from hunger and poverty. Her message of protecting the most vulnerable members of our society by protecting the environment will continue to live on in her work, writing, and legacy. Watch the CNN video above to learn more about Maathai.

 

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