Monday, May 12, 2008

Planting the Future with Wangari Maathai

Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett, April 24th, 2008
Planting the future with Wangari Maathai

Krista Tippett is speaking with Dr. Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel peace prize winner who stood up to a dictator and won. Dr. Maathai organized a group of special women who fought off encroaching desert by planting 30 million trees in Kenya. Wangari Maathai elaborates about the relationship between ecological aspects of life, human rights, the legacy of her ancestors, religion and more. She notes that one of the sources for her strength to stand up against dictators (The Moi regime in Kenya) and win was her deep conviction that they knew that she was right. She laughs a lot, speaks in an almost casual way about her great achievements, cares in a genuine manner about the suffering of other human beings, gives much credit and respect to fellow women in her life (her mother, a woman partner to the planting trees action), enjoys the interaction with western culture and yet has much respect to her roots. Indeed, a great, wise, well-balanced, impressive human being.

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