Planting Trees for the Future was a discussion with Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. She was most recognized for founding the green belt movement in Africa, which was an organization designed to empower African women be planting trees. Maathai has great respect for nature, and believes it’s very important to find a balance between human and natural resources. She also has the privilege of being the first women in her country to earn a PhD.
One quote Maathai made that I found especially interesting was when she said; “If you want to do something for the environment, you have to see what’s disconnected”. This statement made me think about how things are here in America because one of the things that disconnects the American society is accountability. Of course, everyone talks about “going green”, but as Americans we are still very wasteful. And when you consider our population in proportion to the rest of the world, we use more natural resources than any other country.
As far as the religious implications are concerned, Maathai talked about how Christian theology has ignored the environment, and even interpreted stories from the bible in a destructive way. I would have to agree with that because I can’t recall any references to the environment within the bible. It mostly refers to other people, and never gives the proper respect to other forms of life in nature. Embracing nature was how Wangari Maathai helped empower the people in her country. When the government wanted to cut down trees to make room for residential housing Maathai would lead marches to plant trees. This action stood for a symbol of defiance against the people in power, whereas the government probably seen it more as a form of civil disobedience. Still, there’s no better way to stand up to your government and help the environment at the same time.
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