Dalai Lama mourns demise of Maathai

Dharamsala, Sep 27: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Tuesday mourned the death of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai.

‘She lived a full and meaningful life and will be respectfully remembered for her efforts to promote conservation, women’s rights and transparency in governance… I hope her valuable achievements will inspire other women to follow her example,’ the Dalai Lama, himself a Nobel laureate for peace, said here.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, becoming the first environmentalist and the first African woman to receive the honour, Maathai died of cancer in Nairobi on Sunday.

The 71-year-old activist was founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement. One of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners, she was internationally recognised for her commitment to democracy, human rights and conservation.

IANS