I was delighted to read that an African woman has been awarded the Nobel peace prize - see BBC for details. Wangari Maathai has planted tens of millions of trees, opposed genetically modified organisms and titanium mining in her native Kenya, and won numerous awards for her environmental activism.
Wangari founded the Green Belt movement in Kenya in 1977. The group has planted more than 30 million trees across Africa, primarily by village women, in attempt to stop the massive deforestation of the continent. Wangari was beaten, harassed, and thrown in jail many times for her efforts to protect the environment. Throughout her struggles, she has used the power of non-violence and creative resistance to advocate for democracy and foil crimes against the planet.
An inspiration to us all.