The memorial brought together a diverse group of Kenyans and international friends to celebrate Prof. Maathai’s life and her outstanding achievements in environmental conservation, sustainable development, democracy and peace.
In reminiscing her experiences with Prof Maathai,Professor Vertistine B.Mbaya, GBM Board member,recalled a time when they were being chased by police,to a cathedral,during their protests,when she asked Prof.Maathai,’Who do you think they are after?’ Prof.Maathai answered,’Us’.
Speaking during the celebrations,Wanjira Mathai,wPOWER Hub Director and Chair of the Green Belt Movement said that Prof Maathai was persistent,patient and humble in her fight for environmental justice.She mentioned the three legacies of Wangari Maathai as being,the foundation of the Green Belt Movement,the Wangari Maathai Institute at the University of Nairobi and finally the soon to be launched Wangari Muta Maathai Foundation.
‘Wherever you go after this,remember to plant a tree,if not,plant something as your commitment to climate change’.said Wanjira Mathai.
Prof.Wangari Maathai is remembered for her unwavering commitment to environmental protection, conservation and community development.