Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World

Replenishing the Earth Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize It is so easy in our modern world to feel di

  • Title: Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World
  • Author: Wangari Maathai
  • ISBN: 9780307591142
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Paperback
  • An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize It is so easy, in our modern world, to feel disconnected from the physical earth Despite dire warnings and escalating concern over the state of our planet, many people feel out of touch with the natural world Nobel lauAn impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize It is so easy, in our modern world, to feel disconnected from the physical earth Despite dire warnings and escalating concern over the state of our planet, many people feel out of touch with the natural world Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai has spent decades working with the Green Belt Movement to help women in rural Kenya plant and sustain millions of trees With their hands in the dirt, these women often find themselves empowered and at home in a way they never did before Maathai wants to impart that feeling to everyone, and believes that the key lies in traditional spiritual values love for the environment, self betterment, gratitude and respect, and a commitment to service While educated in the Christian tradition, Maathai draws inspiration from many faiths, celebrating the Jewish mandate tikkun olam repair the world and renewing the Japanese term mottainai don t waste Through rededication to these values, she believes, we might finally bring about healing for ourselves and the earth.

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    About “Wangari Maathai

    • Wangari Maathai

      Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist She was educated in the United States at Mount St a and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women s rights In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005.In June 2009, Maathai was named as one of PeaceByPeace s first peace heroes.Until her death, Maathai served on the Eminent Advisory Board of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa AWEPA.Maathai died on 25 September 2011 in Nairobi while receiving ovarian cancer treatment She was 71.Selected publicationsThe Green Belt Movement sharing the approach and the experience 1985 The bottom is heavy too even with the Green Belt Movement the Fifth Edinburgh Medal Address 1994 Bottle necks of development in Africa 1995 The Canopy of Hope My Life Campaigning for Africa, Women, and the Environment 2002 Unbowed A Memoir 2006 Reclaiming rights and resources women, poverty and environment 2007 Rainwater Harvesting 2008 State of the world s minorities 2008 events of 2007 2008 The Challenge for Africa 2009 Replenishing the Earth 2010 ISBN 978030759114 info at enpedia wiki Wangari_

    735 thoughts on “Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World

    • This is an extended articulation of the ethical values that guide and support the Green Belt Movement and Wangari Maathai herself, in environmental justice and human rights work. The pace is slow and meditative and goes on a bit too long (definitely read Unbowed first), but the ideas are powerful. Environmental justice work is an especially hard kind of activism because the work is often tiny (plant slow-growing trees, grow local food, protect a scrap of land from logging) in the face of catastr [...]


    • Wow! Not only did Wangari Maathai establish the Green Belt Movement but she also won the Nobel Peace Prize and is still quite humble about her status. These recognitions are not as significant to her as the continuing work she is doing with the people she serves. The book mixes biblical text and her own interpretation to help us understand why it's so important to take notice of the environmental problems that have come before us and prevent them from continuing in our children and grandchildren [...]


    • For me, this book didn't tell me much I didn't already know, but I greatly respect and admire what the author has done to advance the environmental movement.


    • I will start my review of this book with a quote from its final chapter: "What is it that calls someone to serve, to make that commitment beyond oneself that can transform the lives of those around one and bring about change that had seemed impossible? It could be inspiration, and the knowledge that compels one to act. But sometimes we are called into action on behalf of a cause because of what might be called the god within us, the Source--the voice that we feel speaks to us, and us only, and s [...]


    • 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 weig [...]


    • "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." (from the cover)Started reading this in preparation for m [...]


    • A straightforward book that details Maathai's understanding and experience with the role of spirituality in the environmental and conservation movement. This is a thought book, not a research-based one or even an exhaustive philosophical treaty. Maathai bases much of her logical progression of the tenets of important spiritual values on her experience leading the Green Belt Movement. Few of the concepts stood out to me strongly, perhaps because I've gone over them in my own life and thinking alr [...]


    • Another good read from the middle ground of the environmental debate. 43 - "The destruction of the environment is driven by an insatiable craving for more."pg. 71 - interesting thought - if humans became extinct, no other species would die out because we were not there to sustain them. 72 - free will to destroy or tend, protect or subdue, act as dominators or as conservors/custodians. 75 - hell and heaven on earthpg. 101 - looking at the world through acquisitive, materialistic eyes (Matthew 6.2 [...]


    • It is a very practical book with real examples,quite informative and inspiring.I would quote the whole book if I could.At least I finally got to know how she came up with the humming bird story. Let me be a humming bird and do the best I can.A must read forThose who want to heal the earth,Those who want to know how the earth was,Those who want to know where to start replenishing,Those who are spiritual,religious or believe in the source


    • I had to read this for my english class and I wasn't really a fan of it. Personally I thought it was quite boring and dry. But to others it may seem spiritual and inspirational. I had to force myself to read it only because I had too. I didn't enjoy reading it at all. I will not be reading this again.


    • Highly recommended for anyone who has an inkling of concern for our planet. It was wonderful hearing Wangarai Waathai speak at St. John's the Divine, her answering my question about who her role models/heroes are and then chatting with her briefly as she signed my copy!


    • Good read. I really like how she ties Christian based religion in with the environmental cause. In my opinion, I experience alot of matriarchal based societies most convened with these same issues. Also, it's great how she recommends action instead or reaction



    • Wangari Maathai is a great human being to whom we owe much. This was not the book I was looking for at this moment, hence my lower than rave rating.




    • Very uplifting and inspirational; a bit heavy on the bible verses for my non-theistic taste. But I loved getting a sense of the author's personality through these pages.


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