- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Religion (1 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030759114X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307591142
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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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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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 ›
i love everything she wrote