On March 27, 2013, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was at Kew Gardens where he planted a tree in memory of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2004), founder of the Green Belt Movement, environmentalist, political and human rights activist the late Ms. Wangari Maathai. Ms. Maathai, born in Kenya, died of Ovarian cancer in 2011.
During today’s event the heir to the British throne gave a moving speech regarding the late Ms. Maathai and vowed to end the disgusting practice of “…illegal poaching of wild animals.”
According to the official website for the Prince of Wales:
“The Prince [will] join forces with his son, the Duke of Cambridge, and stage a conference on the illegal poaching of wild animals. The Prince is Patron of the WWF-UK and The Duke is Patron of Tusk Trust, both conservation charities working to preserve endangered species for future generations.
His Royal Highness will host the summit at St James’s Palace in May, gathering together key conservationists and policy decision-makers to find a solution to the problem The Prince described as having reached ‘crisis point’.”
Or, you can watch the tribute film/video below as well as the brilliant documentary, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai. 🙂