Wangari Maathai Memory Lives on at Al Raby School in Chicago

Wangari Maathai Natural Garden

Wangari Maathai speaks at the Al Raby School for Community and Environment on September 22, 2007 about the importance of rain gardens like the one CNT helped to plant at the school.

We at CNT are saddened to learn of the passing of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt  Movement. CNT was honored to have Ms. Maathai join us at the dedication of one of our first green infrastructure projects, located at the Al Raby School for Community and Environment and named in her honor.

CNT worked with the Al Raby School and the East Garfield Park community in 2007 to install the Wangari Maathai Natural Garden, a native woodland garden at the entrance of the school, located at 3545 West Fulton Boulevard. The project was not only beautiful; it also connected the students to nature by providing a hands-on experience in landscape design, creation, and maintenance.

At the garden dedication, Ms. Maathai drew a connection between the work of the students on Chicago’s West Side to students around the world who “get down on the ground” to plant gardens as a means of making the world more peaceful and just. Ms. Maathai said that the project was a microcosm of what can be repeated globally—from Chicago to Kenya. “It is this type of activity that should be replicated a billion times throughout the world,” she stated as she toured the 1,500 square foot space. Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and to all those who have been touched by her dedication to peace and justice through creating a healthier world, one tree at a time.

View pictures of the dedication and the garden.

Click here for more information about the Wangari Maathai Natural Garden.

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