Nobel Peace Prize


Nobel Peace Prize


"Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was a controversial choice since she is known more as an environmentalist and a tree planter than as a peace activist.

""This year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has evidently broadened its definition of peace still further... Environmental protection has become yet another path to peace"...

"...[She is] the first African woman to receive this prize... in her acceptance speech... [she] asked for the release of fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in Burma...

"Maathai launched the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s and mobilized Kenyan women to plant trees throughout the country...

"She completed her doctorate in veterinary anatomy from the University of Nairobi in 1971, becoming the first East African woman to get a Ph.D., and she taught microanatomy at the university...

"What is the significance of the Nobel Committee expanding the definition of peace?...

""You cannot have security by putting borders around yourself. You cannot be secure by using your power to control resources and deciding that you can't share them with the rest of the world. You will not realize peace that way. You will have conflict"" (Amitabh Pal. "Wangari Maathai." The Progressive, May 2005: 35-39).


Colby Glass, MLIS