On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Ambassador of Kenya, Judi Wakhungu, Mayor of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine ,Karim Bouamrane, municipal officials, Kenyans in France and Audonians inaugurated the Greenhouse of the Grand Parc in the name of Wangari Maathai, emblematic figure of ecology.
“Today is a great day because with the inauguration of the Wangari Greenhouse, we are sending a strong message beyond Saint-Ouen, for Paris, France, Kenya and the world.” Mayor Karim Bouamrane paid tribute to the Kenyan environmental activist, woman scientist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of the Green Belt Movement, an organization for reforestation and access to autonomy for women farmers in Kenya and throughout Africa.
“On behalf of the Kenyan people, I warmly thank the Mayor, the elected officials, and the inhabitants of the city of Saint-Ouen for the inauguration of the Wangari Greenhouse,” said Ambassador Judi Wakhungu during her speech. She also welcomed the initiative of the new Greenhouse project.
The Wangari Greenhouse, is a space open and accessible to all.
After a long period of inactivity, the former educational greenhouse in Saint-Ouen has been revived since 2020, with a new name and a new federative and ambitious project. Its mission is to get all citizens involved in the transition to a sustainable and ecological city.
The Greenhouse defends urban agriculture, the development of shared gardens and refuges for biodiversity. It is also a place of festive and creative meetings.