Wangari’s Trees of Peace (Multiple languages)


“The earth was naked. For me the mission was to try to cover it with green.”
Wangari Mathai

Tthousands of trees have been cut down to make rooms for buildings, but no one planted a new tree to take their place. “Will all of Kenya become a desert?” She wonders as her tears fall. She starts by planting nine seeds in her own backyard starting the green belt movement.

Writer: Jeanette Winter
Storyteller (Marathi): Sunanda Hulyalkar
Storyteller (English): Ajay Dasgupta
Cover art: Chris Browne Design
Writer: Jeanette Winter
Storyteller (Kannada): Shanthi Baliga
Kannada Translation by: P K Nanavati
Cover art: Chris Browne Design

Full text of the story in Marathi (
Full text of the story in Kannada (

More on Wangari Mathai and the Green Belt Movement

Learn more about Wangari Mathai

Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She authored four books: The Green Belt MovementUnbowed: A MemoirThe Challenge for Africa; and Replenishing the Earth. As well as having been featured in a number of books, she and the Green Belt Movement were the subject of a documentary film, Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai (Marlboro Productions, 2008).



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