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Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World Paperback – September 14, 2010
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This is what Commander Eileen Collins, the first woman to lead a United States Shuttle mission, said when she looked back to the earth in 2005 and saw some of the deep wounds of the earth, in the man made environmental devastation of central Africa. But it is not only Africa that is affected. The problem is global.
Wangari Maathai tells the story in this spiritually inspiring book, written to share with the world the values of her Green Belt Movement, and the launch in Nairobi of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies.
The Green Belt Movement has four core values; Love for the environment, Gratitude and respect for the earth's resources, Self empowerment and self betterment (or the power to change within us), and The Spirit of service and volunteerism (or the ability to behave selflessly for the common good).
In the first part of the book, and by way of introduction, she tells the story of the beginnings of the Green Belt Movement in 1997, based on simple tree planting in Kenya, and how it has grown from that modest start. In the second chapter she describes many of the horrendous wounds we inflict on our earth, starting with a visit she was invited to make into the forest of the Congo Basin, described as the world's second lung after the Amazon.
We need, she says, a new level of consciousness, so that we can see that the planet is hurting, and internalise our spiritual values to heal those wounds.
We crave over- consumption and the poor and needy crave equality. In the process we become less and less happy, with our materialistic values, and the indigenous tribes are harmed by Western values and diets.Read more ›
Recommended if you are interested in nature, activism, and treating the earth as our mother.
If this sounds like treehugger mumbo-jumbo, you might want to steer clear. I, for one, find power in her words. A truly powerful Nobel laureate.
"We can love ourselves by loving the earth." (17)
"people who are religious should be closest to the planet and in the forefront of recognizing that it needs healing" (18)
"It may require a conscious act of some of us saying no in addition to finding other, less destructive ways to say yes." (23)
"a worldview that's all too common: that there are always more trees to be cut, more land to be utilized, more fish to be caught, more water to dam or tap, and more minerals to be mined or prospected for.Read more ›
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It was not all that impressive, but that's not the fault of the vendor, 'Thanks'.
It is rare for me to think LESS of someone after reading her book!
Still crying since this warrior for the Earth's renewal got dead for her stand against the dumping of genetically engineered seed on farmers in the African continent. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by GLFH