While it doesn't surprise me that after, multiple decades of adulthood, I still have so very much to learn, it does surprise me that I somehow missed out on following the inspiring life of Wangari Maathai.
Professor Maathai passed from this life just two days ago. In honor of her, a friend of mine shared a two minute video, and in two short minutes I was moved to tears.
Those tears led me to search for more information about this amazing woman. Each and every discovery resulted in still more tears: joyful tears, proud tears, grateful tears all for a life so very well lived.
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki announced today that Wangari Maathai will receive a state funeral, and declared that tomorrow and Friday are national days of mourning.
Not only was Wangari Maathai the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, she began down that road by planting trees. She became known as "The Tree Lady", a passionate environmentalist who stood firm against the Kenyan government's money grab via deforestation, at a time when disobedience was not tolerated. Standing firm was only part of her story, however. Perhaps her greatest achievement, in addition to being true to herself, was that she inspired and organized Kenyan women. Together, they learned how to plant trees. Together, they created The Green Belt Movement.
Hers is a magnificent story of devotion and love. I hope you will take two minutes to watch this video and that you find yourself inspired, not only to go and watch more of her wonderful story, but that you will be a hummingbird.
One simple way to plant a tree is via The Nature Conservancy's Plant A Billion program, where $1 plants one tree in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, one of the most devastated rainforests on the planet. What better tribute to this beautiful life could there possibly be? If you don't have a dollar to spare, why not share Professor Maathai's message and this easy to use link: www.plantabillion.org
Think hummingbird like thoughts. Together, we really can make a difference.
Thank you, Wangari Maathai.
gratitude ~ misha