WRF Coffee Talk (7): Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Honouring Wangari Maathai

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In this WRF-series, Studentreporters are catching conference attendees during coffee break to ask them about what they do and who they are. This time: Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, environmentalist and human rights activist.

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley: "We are all developing countries because there are no currently sustainable countries."

Florence Ilovi

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley: "We are all developing countries because there are no currently sustainable countries."

The World Resources Forum 2013 was privileged to host environmentalist and human rights activists Dianne Dillon-Ridgley who has served on numerous US delegations and worked with President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama with immense support from an international syndicate of activists. A dear friend of the late Kenyan Professor Wangari Maathai, her face cringed in grief and her eyes saddened as she spoke of how she would bail Wangaari Maathai out of jail after being imprisoned by Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi for her activism.

Dianne said she is still in shock over her death. Prof. Wangari Maathai, environmentalist, Nobel Laureate, and the first woman to get a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa, lost a bravely fought battle against cancer in 2011. Throughout the conversation, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley’s smile and enthusiasm for sustainability never wavers. She reassures that the emerging markets still have a voice advocating for them when she aptly corrects a panel of scientists by saying: “We are all developing countries because there are no currently sustainable countries.”

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