On September 25th the world lost a true hero in the untimely death of Wangari Maathai. Her story is one of unmatched courage in the face of oppression and of boundless optimism for the future. A story where one single women stood up to political and social oppression and to environmental exploitation. She fought for the reforestation of her homeland which she knew was closely linked with bringing economic justice to the women of her homeland.
Upon hearing of Wangari Maathai’s passing I felt a deep sense of loss, as if she had been personally dear to me. But in truth I know that the loss I feel is not personal but rather that it stems from the realization that an incredible force for the common good has left us forever.
I will mourn her deeply.