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Replenishing The Earth

Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Crown
 | 
September, 2010
ISBN:
9780307591142
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$19.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

It’s seems almost “normal,” in our modern world, to feel disconnected from the physical earth. Even while we hear the warnings of polar icemelt and escalating planetary warming, many people just feel out of touch with the natural world.

None of the healing that is necessary is automatic; it will require much work, for the wounds that have been created in the earth are deep. If we can’t or won’t assist in the earth’s healing process, the planet might not take care of us either.

Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai has spent decades working with the Green Belt Movement to help women in rural
Kenya
plant—and sustain—millions of trees. With their hands in the dirt, these women often find themselves empowered and “at home” in a way they never did before. Maathai wants to impart that feeling to everyone, and believes that the key lies in traditional spiritual values: love for the environment, self-betterment, gratitude and respect, and a commitment to service. While educated in the Christian tradition, Maathai draws inspiration from many faiths, celebrating the Jewish mandate tikkun olam (“repair the world”) and renewing the Japanese term mottainai (“don’t waste”). Through rededication to these values, she believes, we might finally bring about healing for ourselves and the earth.

Addressing the ecological crisis requires a new level of consciousness, where we understand that we belong to the larger family of life on Earth. If we were able to achieve this consciousness, we’d see that the planet is hurting, and internationalize the spiritual values that can help us move to address the wounds. We’d recognize that it should be in our nature to be custodians of the planet and do what’s right for the earth and, in the process, for ourselves.

Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over 45 million trees in
Kenya since 1977. Also by her is Unbowed: A Memoir.

Publisher’s Description: 

An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

It is so easy, in our modern world, to feel disconnected from the physical earth. Despite dire warnings and escalating concern over the state of our planet, many people feel out of touch with the natural world. Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai has spent decades working with the Green Belt Movement to help women in rural Kenya plantand sustainmillions of trees. With their hands in the dirt, these women often find themselves empowered and at home in a way they never did before. Maathai wants to impart that feeling to everyone, and believes that the key lies in traditional spiritual values: love for the environment, self-betterment, gratitude and respect, and a commitment to service. While educated in the Christian tradition, Maathai draws inspiration from many faiths, celebrating the Jewish mandate tikkun olam (repair the world) and renewing the Japanese term mottainai (dont waste). Through rededication to these values, she believes, we might finally bring about healing for ourselves and the earth.

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