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Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustaining the environment in East Africa and for empowering women by providing the means for them to sustain themselves. Together they planted 40 million trees in deforested areas. Ms Maathai died in September, 2011.

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Wangari Maathai 1940- GREEN ACTIVIST The first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Maathai was beaten and jailed as a leader of Kenya's democracy movement. She rallies women to plant trees (more than 45 million so far, in Africa, America, and elsewhere), thus creating jobs for the poor, fighting deforestation and erosion, and creating lots of nice oxygen for all of us. Also - she is beautiful!

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Wangari Maathai - "More than three decades ago, Wangari Maathai came up with the idea of using economic incentives to encourage rural women and farmers to plant trees on their land to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. In 2004 Wangari won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Green Belt Movement, a nonprofit NGO she founded in her native Kenya." She has also established a center called the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in…

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Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) Kenyan tree-planting activist and nobel peace prize winner!

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Helen Keller -- by Yousuf Karsh, CC (Armenian: Յուսուֆ Քարշ; December 23, 1908 – July 13, 2002) an Armenian-Canadian photographer, and one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.