Listen and view an audio gallery features images of Kenyan women striving for a more verdant future. Photos are accompanied by Wangari Maathai singing a native tune in Kiswahili that's often sung while planting trees.
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The parable of the hummingbird, the loss of sacredness through the destruction of forests, and deeper religious truths through science.
During a Minnesota blizzard, Wangari Maathai left us with this song. May she rest in peace.
The inspirational story of an Ethiopian man who watched the deforestation of his home, did nothing, and is reclaiming his land and his memories.
Rita Patel offers this wonderful story from architect Christopher Alexander about a Japanese man and his fish pond that's a way of being to remember and make a habit.
Do we throw our hands up in the air or be the hummingbird? An illustrated story told by Wangari Maathai.
Remembering a snowed-in encounter with the Kenyan Nobel Laureate.
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