Wangari Maathai was born April 1st, 1940 in west Kenya. She was the daughter of a farmer. In her early years she spent most of her time under the big fig tree. When she got older she started working in the town but she always remembered her root. Wangari knew every tree seed to plant. When Wangari got older she also tought a school how to raise nursuries. She also talked to soldiers about planting trees. Somtimes she sat under the fig tree to refresh her spirit.
One of Wangari's major accomplishments is in 2004, she won the nobel peace prize. Wangari biggest obstacles were whe kenyan's were cutting down kenya's trees for firewood. Wangari influenced them not to cut down trees but to plant the trees. She is important because she stopped at nothing to make sure the world can respect trees and keep them alive.