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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030759114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591142
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maathai, founder of the green-belt movement in Kenya, brings a firm grasp of the science of environmental destruction and climate change, and of the dire physical and political consequences for humankind, to this bracing and breathtaking investigation of the spiritual dimension of this growing crisis. Lucid and inspiring, as in Unbowed (2006), Maathai explicates our bred-in-the-bone reliance on the great web of life; the ancient, now largely lost perception of nature as divine, yet not limitless or invulnerable; and the bedrock truth that when the environment is degraded, so, too, are we. Maathai looks to her Kikuyu upbringing as an example of a sustainable way of living, and draws on her Catholic education in fresh and striking readings of the Bible. She also studies the living gospel of the planet, tallying the far-reaching harm done by our “craving for more.” As Maathai presents a clarion set of “core values” based on “gratitude and respect for the Earth’s resources” and a commitment to conservation, she gracefully entwines environmentalism and justice, the practical and the sacred. --Donna Seaman

About the Author

WANGARI MAATHAI is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over 45 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya’s Parliament, and in 2003, she was appointed Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, posts she held until 2007. Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. In 2009, she was appointed a United Nations Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

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Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the first woman to earn a doctorate in biology in East Africa. A recipient of numerous awards for her work on environmental and social issues, in 2004, she was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, she published her memoir, Unbowed. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about Wangari Maathai and her work, visit the Green Belt Movement website.

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Everyone interested in environmentalism should read about her.
Kelly greer
We all should take care of the earth and this book helps you realize what a gift Wangari was to the earth and the people she touched.
L. Bartlett
Do the best we can, she urges us, with tenacity, remembering E F Schumacher's vision that "Small is Beautiful."
Eleanor Stoneham

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Stoneham on October 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure why they do that.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Beatty on May 25, 2011
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Wangari speaks in clear language about the benefits of a nurturing, protective, and symbiotic relationship with the earth. She has a pointed way of writing, and brings up examples of cultures (mainly African, as is the point) and religions, along with some positive activist groups, that have relied on Earth's abundances more closely in the past, and continue to advocate for that reliance that mankind has on Earth. We have a limit to our resources. Not all of the planet's resources should be weighed monetarily. These are some of her mantras. She delves deeply into "the Source" and its relationship to religion and spirituality. She carves a fine, deep niche for spirituality + conservationism + love. It's a remarkable formula, and I'm hooked. I haven't logged this many quotes in a book since Terry Tempest Williams--Maathai's close friend, as it were.

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.

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Quotes:

"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.
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By Whuff on October 21, 2014
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Wangari Maathai shares her worldly knowledge of the cultural and religious values that affect the decisions we make. She offers educated and insightful advice on how we can change our attitudes toward environmental as well as human rights issues. Through her Greenbelt Movement, which she explains in this book, she was able to make great strides towards environmental sustainability and women's rights. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
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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!
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