Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize Winner, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist founded Maathai Foundation in 1970s. Challenges like governance didn’t deter her. She started with changing and collaborating with decision making bodies to successful build the momentum of environmental conservation and reducing poverty. The Green Belt Movement she helped to develop trains rural women to grow tree seedlings for reforestation efforts. Gakanga Tree Planting site, Central Province, Kenya is one such example where the barren land was turned into lush green valley due to the efforts of the Green Belt Movement. Not only has this movement increased the amount of greenery and biodiversity, but it has also helped the people to generate income by planting and living in relationship with the trees. Photo Credit: Strides in Development