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Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World

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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 lau
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Doubleday Religion (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those for whom Derrick Jensen is too much
This is an extended articulation of the ethical values that guide and support the Green Belt Movement and Wangari Maathai herself, in environmental justice and human rights work. The pace is slow and meditative and goes on a bit too long (definitely read Unbowed first), but the ideas are powerful.

Environmental justice work is an especially hard kind of activism because the work is often tiny (plant slow-growing trees, grow local food, protect a scrap of land from logging) in the face of catastr
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! Not only did Wangari Maathai establish the Green Belt Movement but she also won the Nobel Peace Prize and is still quite humble about her status. These recognitions are not as significant to her as the continuing work she is doing with the people she serves. The book mixes biblical text and her own interpretation to help us understand why it's so important to take notice of the environmental problems that have come before us and prevent them from continuing in our children and grandchildren ...more
Katrina Dreamer
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
For me, this book didn't tell me much I didn't already know, but I greatly respect and admire what the author has done to advance the environmental movement.
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who are interested in nature, activism, and treating the earth as our true mother
Recommended to Matt by: Amy Beatty
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Wangari speaks in clear language about the benefits of a nurturing, protective, and symbiotic relationship with the earth. She has a pointed way of writing, and brings up examples of cultures (mainly African, as is the point) and religions, along with some positive activist groups, that have relied on Earth's abundances more closely in the past, and continue to advocate for that reliance that mankind has on Earth. We have a limit to our resources. Not all of the planet's resources should be weig
Kim Buchanan
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which has planted over 45 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya's Parliament, and in 2003, she was appointed deputy minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, posts she held until 2007. Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. In 2009, she was appointed a United Nations Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-moon." (from the cover)

Started reading this in preparation for m
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A straightforward book that details Maathai's understanding and experience with the role of spirituality in the environmental and conservation movement. This is a thought book, not a research-based one or even an exhaustive philosophical treaty. Maathai bases much of her logical progression of the tenets of important spiritual values on her experience leading the Green Belt Movement. Few of the concepts stood out to me strongly, perhaps because I've gone over them in my own life and thinking alr ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another good read from the middle ground of the environmental debate.

pg. 43 - "The destruction of the environment is driven by an insatiable craving for more."
pg. 71 - interesting thought - if humans became extinct, no other species would die out because we were not there to sustain them.
pg. 72 - free will to destroy or tend, protect or subdue, act as dominators or as conservors/custodians.
pg. 75 - hell and heaven on earth
pg. 101 - looking at the world through acquisitive, materialistic eyes (Ma
Nellie LW
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a very practical book with real examples,quite informative and inspiring.I would quote the whole book if I could.At least I finally got to know how she came up with the humming bird story.
Let me be a humming bird and do the best I can.
A must read for
Those who want to heal the earth,
Those who want to know how the earth was,
Those who want to know where to start replenishing,
Those who are spiritual,religious or believe in the source
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had to read this for my english class and I wasn't really a fan of it. Personally I thought it was quite boring and dry. But to others it may seem spiritual and inspirational. I had to force myself to read it only because I had too. I didn't enjoy reading it at all. I will not be reading this again.
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Highly recommended for anyone who has an inkling of concern for our planet. It was wonderful hearing Wangarai Waathai speak at St. John's the Divine, her answering my question about who her role models/heroes are and then chatting with her briefly as she signed my copy!
Mar 26, 2012 added it
Good read. I really like how she ties Christian based religion in with the environmental cause. In my opinion, I experience alot of matriarchal based societies most convened with these same issues. Also, it's great how she recommends action instead or reaction
Eva Carroll
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, inspiring woman. Definitely a book that will stick with me.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Wangari Maathai is a great human being to whom we owe much. This was not the book I was looking for at this moment, hence my lower than rave rating.
Dry, relevant somewhat inspiring.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
religion in social movements
Tina Pierce sullivan
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very uplifting and inspirational; a bit heavy on the bible verses for my non-theistic taste. But I loved getting a sense of the author's personality through these pages.
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Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 19 ...more
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