© 2011-2019 by Sharon Abreu

We mourn the loss of our beloved Wangari Maathai. This song honors her beautiful spirit.

In Peace,

Sharon Abreu & Michael Hurwicz
Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education

This song was written in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai, who, in 2004, became the first African woman and first environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sharon singing this song for Wangari in Berkeley, CA in 2006.

Oh, Wangari, Wangari, Wangari,
Oh, Wangari, Wangari, Wangari,

Kenya’s daughter, you have won,
You shine bright as morning sun.
All those times your dream was denied,
Now you know God is on your side!

You’re the breeze through trees above,
You have shown the power of love.
You have helped us to understand
Peace on Earth needs a living land!

You have planted freedom’s song,
Your heart lives where seeds grow strong.
Bravely, you led the women wise,
Planting peace, earned the Nobel prize!

Now your Green Belt can expand
All across this world’s great land.
Africa, come and take the lead,
Cure AIDS, heal the Earth, end the greed!

From a higher place we heal
Our Earth’s wounds and our own reveal.
Planting trees, our great gift to all
Generations yet to grow tall!

Oh, Wangari, Wangari, Wangari,
Oh, Wangari, Wangari, Wangari Maathai!

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