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Wangari Maathai—The Spirit of Reverence for Life

Why the Japanese word mottainai became a rallying cry for Wangari Maathai, an icon of environmentalism and women's empowerment.

Daisaku Ikeda and Wangari Maathai meet in Tokyo in February 2005

Ikeda’s meeting with Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement (Tokyo, February 2005) © Seikyo Shimbun

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