Wangari Maathai

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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.”


Bryony Benge-Abbott