Planting the Future

I believe most of us agree that there is a connection to God and Creation, but Wangari Maathai has experienced and lived this and other related ideas with an intensity that few can comprehend.  Born in Africa in 1940, she was the first woman in central Africa to earn a Ph.D. and in 2004, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for standing up to dictators and fighting off an encroaching desert by planting 30 million trees.  She has been beaten and imprisoned, but still manages her work through the Green Belt Movement.

Her work stems from a deep belief in God and that God could not possibly be pleased with our treatment of the gifts we have been given.  She also understands the connection between the environment and the ability for the people of a country to live the lives they feel called to live. 


Credits: Tippett, Krista.  “Planting the Future.” On Being, American Public Media.  January 27, 2011. 


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