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The 3rd of March 2022 was a unique day to remember the legacy of Environment Icon, the late Wangari Maathai. The Environment Queen who won a Nobel Prize for her work was being remembered in a unique way. Environment enthusiasts led by the Chairlady of the Wangari Maathai Foundation, Wanjira Maathai held a musical march in Westlands as part of raising awareness towards the importance of trees in the community. The march ended at the 100 year old Fig Tree that sits at the center of the Westlands Business center.

The GoGreen Initiative was represented by a team from the Optiven Foundation led by Ann Nyaga, the Coordinator. As part of the activities the GoGreen Initiative continues to advocate and spearhead initiatives that make our planet better by engaging in environment sustainability ideals.

The initiative launched in June 2020 by Chairman of the Optiven Group Foundation, Mr. George Wachiuri, has already been lauded for it’s efforts towards engagement of stakeholders and communities at the grassroots level in matters sustainability.

The celebration of the Wangari Maathai Day is in recognition of the work and life of the late Prof. Wangari Maathai. At the peak of her life, she dedicated her efforts to promoting environmental conservation and sustainable development in Africa.

The highlights of her recognition came in the year 2004 when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Noting the milestones, Wachiuri advised that Wangari was in a class of her own.

He says, “apart from the Nobel Prize, Wangari was also a woman of many firsts. Maathai was the first woman from Central and East Africa to earn a doctorate, obtaining her PhD from the University of Nairobi in 1971. As the GoGreen Initiative, we celebrate her everyday and particularly during the inaugural GoGreen Awards that was held on 11/12/2021 to award environment champions making a difference in the society”.

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