Happy Earth Day!
Prof. Wangari Maathai was a Member of the Earth Charter Commission; she offered valuable contributions to the discussions generated by the Earth Charter drafting process. Above all, she was a great friend and human being. As she wrote in the chapter on Gratitude and Respect of her book Replenishing the Earth, “gratitude is the simple acknowledgement of the bounty with which you have been blessed and a sense of responsibility for using it wisely”. http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html
Her uniqueness and commitment to “restoring the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems”, is what we are looking at during this year 2014 - Earth Day. As we focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever.
Let’s us honor her as she inspired us all in her dedication to mobilize people to help reestablish the green cover of our planet.