Activista ambiental Wangari Maathai (Environmental Activist Wangari Maathai)

From the Series Biografías de pioneros STEM (STEM Trailblazer Bios)

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

¿Alguna vez has intentado encontrar formas de resolver un problema en tu comunidad? Wangari Maathai trabajó para resolver una crisis ambiental y ayudar a las personas al mismo tiempo.

Cuando Maathai era joven, era inusual que las niñas en Kenia fueran a la escuela, pero ella estaba decidida a aprender más sobre la ciencia y la naturaleza. Al crecer, se dio cuenta de que se talaban demasiados árboles. Maathai sabía que la pérdida de bosques era mala para la salud del medioambiente y de las personas. Inició el Movimiento Cinturón Verde, que educaba a las mujeres en las aldeas rurales y les pagaba por cada árbol que plantaban. El programa ayudó a plantar millones de árboles y trajo dinero a las aldeas. Por su trabajo con el medioambiente y los derechos humanos, Maathai se convirtió en la primera mujer africana en recibir el Premio Nobel de la Paz.

Have you ever tried to come up with ways to solve a problem in your community? Wangari Maathai worked to solve an environmental crisis and help people at the same time.

When Maathai was young, it was unusual for girls in Kenya to go to school, but she was determined to learn more about science and nature. As an adult, she noticed that people were cutting down too many trees. Maathai knew that forest loss was bad for the health of the environment and people. She started the Green Belt Movement, which educated women in rural villages and paid them for every tree they planted. The program helped plant millions of trees and brought money to the villages. For her environmental and human rights work, Maathai became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Interdisciplinary
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint ediciones Lerner
Language Spanish
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-04-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007110, JNF007090, JNF037020
Dewey 333.72096762
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 790
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Primary source quotations/images, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline

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