Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai :
“The connection between peace and the environment can be explained using the traditional African stool, which has three legs that support the base on which we sit. I believe these three legs are symbolic. One represents good management of our natural resources, equitable distribution of the same, and a sense of accountability. Another represents good government—a democratic state that respects humankind so that we can have dignity as human beings. The third represents peace. The base on which we sit is development. If you try to do the development where you have no legs, or where you have two legs or one leg, the base is out of balance. It is unsustainable.”
A traditional African stool is carved from a single log, as opposed to three individual legs attached to a seat. All three pillars are critical elements working in conjunction with one another to maintain balance to support equitable development. We believe in a world where every human being is afforded the right to dignity.
Source: The 11th Hour Project