April 1

Remembering Wangari at 81. Her legacy lives on

Doing Her Best to Make a Difference

Mary’s determination to share stories of Professor Maathai’s courage is inspired by Wangari’s tenacity and fearlessness to fight for what she believed in, without fear of retribution.

October 1

World Clean Up Day

Save Our Green Spaces

Let us together demonstrate leadership, courage, and unity in enhancing appreciation and protection of green spaces for all. Let us commit to a green and resilient future.

August 18

Literary Legacy

The World of Wangari's Books

Wangari Maathai’s significant literary impact is evidenced in books that summarize her legacy and remarkable accomplishments.



Professor Wangari Maathai espoused the idea of the Power of One—that every one of us can make a difference and collectively, we are a force. “It doesn’t take a lot of people for real change to happen. At a time when so much seems to be going wrong, it is very easy to get overwhelmed. You don’t need an “army” of people. Each of us can be agents of change.” The Wangari Maathai Foundation aims to activate the power of one through our programs.

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The Wangari Maathai Foundation develops the internal capacities of individuals, who then take action in their families and their communities.

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It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference.

- Wangari Maathai


Wangari Maathai remains a potent example of how one person can be a force for change. The legacy of Wangari Maathai, however, remains incomplete. Wangari did so much more than create environmental and educational systems. She embodied values and character traits to which people aspire. Exemplifying making a difference regardless of your situation or resources. The Foundation is dedicated to keeping this vital legacy alive.

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