Dr. Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 as a grassroots effort to plant trees and improve Kenya's environment. Twenty-seven years later, she became the first environmentalist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
By empowering women to plant trees, Dr. Maathai hoped to promote gender equity by protecting the environment. Over the last thirty years, The Green Belt Movement has planted 40 million trees and has helped 30,000 women lift themselves out of poverty.
Recently, The Green Belt Movement expanded overseas to become The Green Belt Movement International (GBMI). GBMI's programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas are part of a worldwide campaign to plant one billion trees in the next decade.