NAIROBI, Kenya—At the first of two tree plantings on the Monday schedule of Sen. Barack Obama, he appeared with a Kenyan hero, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
The planting on this overcast day was in Uhuru Park, “special ground,’’ Maathai said before Obama’s motorcade pulled up, because critical fights in the Kenyan democratization movement were fought here.
Obama, with the help of his daughters and wife Michelle planted an African olive tree and a warbugia ugan densis.
A world renown environmentalist who founded the Greenbelt movement, Maathai talked about the “linkage between the sustainable management of resources…and peace.’’’
It’s okay to start small she said as Obama looked on.
“Imagine if everyone in the world planted a tree.��?