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Wangari Muta Maathaiová

Datum narození: 1. duben 1940
Datum úmrtí: 25. září 2011

Wangari Muta Maathai byla keňská environmentální a politická aktivistka a ekofeministka.

Wangari Maathai byla první ženou východní a střední Afriky, která získala doktorát. Své vzdělání v oboru biologie a veterinární medicíny absolvovala v USA, Německu a v Keni. Stala se profesorkou a zároveň vedoucí Ústavu veterinární anatomie jako první žena afrického kontinentu.

Jako členka a posléze předsedkyně Národní rady žen v Keni se zasloužila o uskutečnění myšlenky zlepšení životního prostředí díky výsadbě stromů. Tak vzniklo Hnutí zeleného pásu, které se již zasloužilo o vysazení více než 20 milionů stromků. V roce 1986 se Hnutí vyvinulo v panafrickou sít Zeleného pásu, pomáhající ke zlepšení životního prostředí téměř po celém kontinentu.

Wangari je mezinárodně známá pro rezistentní boj za demokracii, lidská práva a udržitelný rozvoj. Několikrát promlouvala na půdě OSN ve prospěch ženských práv, zasedala v Komisi pro budoucnost i v Komisi pro globální řízení. V roce 2002 byla zvolena do parlamentu své země s jednoznačnou podporou 98 % hlasů. Prezidentem byla posléze jmenována náměstkyní ministra životního prostředí, přírodních zdrojů a ochrany přírody. Za „její přínos k trvale udržitelnému rozvoji, demokracii a míru“ jí byla roku 2004 udělena Nobelova cena za mír. Stala se první Afričankou, která tuto cenu získala.

Přispěla k rozšíření a světovému využívání termínu mottainai.

Citáty Wangari Muta Maathaiová


„Stromy jsou zázraky.“

„Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect.“


„Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come“

„I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.“ The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience

„In trying to explain this linkage, I was inspired by a traditional African tool that has three legs and a basin to sit on. To me the three legs represent three critical pillars of just and stable societies. The first leg stands for democratic space, where rights are respected, whether they are human rights, women's rights, children's rights, or environmental rights. The second represents sustainable and equitable management and resources. And the third stands for cultures of peace that are deliberately cultivated within communities and nations. The basin, or seat, represents society and its prospects for development. Unless all three legs are in place, supporting the seat, no society can thrive. Neither can its citizens develop their skills and creativity. When one leg is missing, the seat is unstable; when two legs are missing, it is impossible to keep any state alive; and when no legs are available, the state is as good as a failed state. No development can take place in such a state either. Instead, conflict ensues.“ Unbowed

„There are opportunities even in the most difficult moments.“ Unbowed

„Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost. The future of the planet concerns all of us, and all of us should do what we can to protect it. As I told the foresters, and the women, you don't need a diploma to plant a tree.“ Unbowed

„As I swept the last bit of dust, I made a covenant with myself: I will accept. Whatever will be, will be. I have a life to lead. I recalled words a friend had told me, the philosophy of her faith. "Life is a journey and a struggle," she had said. "We cannot control it, but we can make the best of any situation." I was indeed in quite a situation. It was up to me to make the best of it.“


„Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.“

„The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price. That is the problem.“

„Throughout my life, I have never stopped to strategize about my next steps. I often just keep walking along, through whichever door opens. I have been on a journey and this journey has never stopped. When the journey is acknowledged and sustained by those I work with, they are a source of inspiration, energy and encouragement. They are the reasons I kept walking, and will keep walking, as long as my knees hold out.“

„No matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for. The silver lining will come, if not to us then to next generation or the generation after that. And maybe with that generation the lining will no longer be thin.“ Unbowed


„We all share one planet and are one humanity; there is no escaping this reality.“

„There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness... that time is now.“

„A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance. It is a reminder to all of us who have had success that we cannot forget where we came from. It signifies that no matter how powerful we become in government or how many awards we receive, our power and strength and our ability to reach our goals depend on the people, those whose work remain unseen, who are the soil out of which we grow, the shoulders on which we stand“

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