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She introduced the Green Belt Movemment to Kenya and in the process became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize - astonishing achievements for one woman, but there is far more to Wangari Maathai than accolades and awards.
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A champion of peace and democracy in Africa her opinions and advice are sought by world leaders, but it is her work with young people that drives her on.
She served in the Kenyan parliament from 2003-2005 while continuing to pursue, and persaude others to join, her green agenda.
As comfortable in the forests of Kenya as she is on the ice covered peaks of the Arctic, Wangari Maathai is an inspirational character.