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.