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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
Only last week, Prof Wangari Maathai threatened to quit her Tetu parliamentary seat if that would help to stop the plunder of Kenya's forests. On Thursday, she signalled her intention to resign as an assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources if the Government does not halt the so-called 'shamba system' of cultivation in Kenyan forests.
The import of the statement was that, for Prof Maathai, environmental conservation is a life-time preoccupation and far more important than temporary political positions.
And so, when in the far north, in the Nordic city of Oslo, the world saw it fit yesterday to award …