Wangari Maathai Videos

Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai (born April 1, 1940 in Ihithe village, Tetu division, Nyeri District of Kenya) is an environmental and political activist. In 2004 she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. 

Taking Root - The vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

Planting Peace

Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai at Faneuil Hall in Boston. She is the leader of the Green Belt Movement and has assisted women in planting more than 40 Million trees on their farms, schools and church compounds, while she served in the National Council of Women.

Planting Trees For Our Children's Future

Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai discusses the positive impact of the Green Belt Movement planting 30 million trees in Kenya, and many more else where in the world. Part of the Nobelity in Schools Video Library at

The MY HERO Project

A tribute to Wangari Maathai from the MY HERO project.

Wangari Maathai's Keynote Address at the ESRI International User Conference in 2007

Excerpts from Nobel Peace Prize winner and Green Belt Movement Founder Wangari Maathais keynote address at the ESRI International User Conference in 2007. For additional information about ESRI, visit:

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