Here's one woman I think everyone should know about.
I first heard of Wangari Maathai when travelling in Kenya - I picked up her autobiography in the gift shop at Nairobi National Museum, where I was volunteering.
Just two days later, she suddenly passed away and the entire country went into national mourning. Through radio, newspaper and TV reports, and of course this book, I learned so much about this remarkable woman, her struggles, her vision for the environment & sustainable development, the Green Belt movement, and it was hearing her story that inspired me to start thinking about what I could do to contribute to protecting the environment...
I'm still working it out and trying different approaches, but the seeds for Bryony&Bloom were planted in Kenya largely thanks to this woman and so today I am revisiting her inspiring story (sitting in my Bryony&Bloom armchair!) as I continue to develop my own practice, and I heartily encourage everyone to grab their own copy of Unbowed. She was a tenacious and courageous woman, and hers is an incredible story.
“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognising that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come.”
— WANGARI MAATHAI