A Fond Farewell

September 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Fernbank Museum was saddened to learn that the world lost an important leader in environmental conservation this past weekend after a battle with cancer. Dr. Wangari Maathai, was an advocate for better management of natural resources, and for sustainability, equity and justice.

In 2006, Fernbank Museum was honored to host Dr. Maathai, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. An environmental leader from Kenya, she founded the Green Belt Movement to empower women’s groups in Africa by involving them with planting trees to conserve their environment. During her visit to the Museum, Fernbank placed special recognition on her work and its relationship to the Museum’s own environmental mission by planting an Autumn Blaze Maple tree in her honor. Here are a few photos from that day.

“The planting of trees is the planting of ideas.” Dr. Wangari Maathai

The maple tree has continued to grow since Dr. Maathai placed the first mound of soil over the young sapling’s roots. But now this symbolic tree has even greater meaning to Fernbank and Dr. Maathai’s environmental legacy.

For those wishing to express their condolences on the passing of Dr. Maathai, please visit the Facebook page for Wangari Maathai.

—Brandi Berry, Director of Public Relations


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