Maathai dies in Nairobi, was to deliver Thompson lecture

The late Wangari Maathai
The late Wangari Maathai

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai died of cancer Sept. 25 in Nairobi, the New York Times reported. Maathai was scheduled to deliver a lecture Sept. 28 at the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues at UNL. That lecture was canceled last week when she became too ill to travel.

A link to a blog post by the Times' Andrew C. Revkin at chronicles her life and includes a video clip.

"Maathai is best known for creating the Green Belt Movement, which has planted tens of millions of trees around Kenya, but she also personified a positive strain of environmentalism that stands out in a world where “woe is me” messages dominate," Revkin wrote. A link to her obituary is also included on the blog.

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