Eulogy for ‘crazy’ green campaigner

An Edinburgh Green councillor and MSP has paid tribute to a former Nobel peace prize winner who died earlier this month.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 8th October 2011, 5:37 pm

Alison Johnstone said that Wangari Maathai was “an inspiration to Greens across the world”, particularly women.

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Dr Maathai, who died at the age of 71, set up a radical land reform movement in Africa and won the Nobel prize in 2004.

Cllr Johnstone said: “I remember being at a Scottish Green party conference in Dundee in 2004 where we paid tribute to Dr Maathai’s winning of the Nobel peace prize.

“We might have been a small party facing a mighty challenge but the knowledge that a Kenyan colleague, once labelled a ‘crazy woman’, was with us, helped us appreciate that our own community activism was important. I cannot do justice to all that Wangari Maathai has done. But she made a difference”