GCAP Tribute: In Memory of Wangari Maathai
"Afterwards we arranged for her to send an email to the hundreds of thousands of supporters on our email list. She said: "I was touched and inspired by the number of people who were there and the millions more they represented in the UK. I was proud to see the way people around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder with us in Africa to call for an end to extreme and dehumanizing poverty. The strength of your voices and the actions you have taken has been a testament to the power of peaceful mass mobilisation. You have helped get the issues of extreme poverty onto the political agenda like never before." She was clear that it was because of the public taking action that: "the G8 have taken the first steps on the road to ending injustices that lead to extreme poverty. There is still much of this difficult journey to complete - but the first steps are always the hardest to take. You should be proud of what you have achieved - many people will live because of you."
"We remember her life, her support of Make Poverty History, Live8 and GCAP, and the inspiration for action she was and will continue to be for many years to come."
Glen Tarman, GCAP Global Council, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Bond