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Professor Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, says that international recognition protects her. And she is convinces that foreign recognition helps campaigners confront sometimes ruthless interest in their home countries.
In this web exclusive video, learn why the Indian women of the Chipko Movement became known as tree huggers and what their defensive tactics were. The Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai (1940 - 2011) founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 and was the first African women to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Watch 'A Fierce Green Fire' on April 22, 2014, at 9 pm on PBS.
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Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to save Kenya's forests, died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement to plant trees in hopes of helping poor, rural Kenyans. She spoke with the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown in 2005.
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