By JASON STRAZIUSO and TOM ODULA - Associated Press Shares
"We need people who love Africa so much that they want to protect her from destructive processes," she said in her address. "There are simple actions we can take. Start by planting 10 trees we each need to absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale."
Although the Green Belt Movement's tree-planting campaign initially did not address the issues of peace and democracy, Ms. Maathai said it became clear over time that responsible governance of the environment was not possible without democracy.