A Call To Do One’s Best On Earth Before the Night Comes!

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 19:42 PM
September 29, 2011

 The environmentalists world mourns the death of Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai this week.  By paying indigent women to plant trees in the barren wastelands of Kenya, Dr. Maathai eventually invented payable jobs and businesses for some 900,000 women, established their rights as powerful equals and activists, and created huge thriving forest ranges.  She received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 2004.  Born in the foothills of Mount Kenya, the famed activists succumbed to cancer at the age of 71.

 In the obituary article for the New York Times, Jeffery Gettleman explains the Kenyan woman’s unlikely world-wide fame:  “Dr. Maathai, one of the most widely respected women on the continent, played many roles — environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor, rabble-rouser, human rights advocate and head of the Green Belt Movement, which she founded in 1977. Its mission was to plant trees across Kenya to fight erosion and to create firewood for fuel and jobs for women.”

 Holding degrees in biological sciences, veterinary medicine,  Dr. Maathai was a noted environmentalist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, civil rights and woman’s rights activist and the author of four books, including:   The Challenge for Africa, Unbowed: A Memoir, The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience, and Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World.

 To laud her achievements, the Nobel committee highlighted her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women’s rights in particular” and for serving “as inspiration for many in the fight for democratic rights.”

 In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Ms. Maathai said:  “In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.”

 In John 9: 4, The Lord Jesus Christ said of His ministry, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”  Wangari Maathai believed the same.  Like Her Savior, she knew that she was on earth to do everything she could to help others.  With faith, determination and vision, she not only built an organization to provide sustainable jobs, healthy living, clean water, and lasting hope for her nation, by planting 30 million trees she helped the entire planet to reduce carbon footprints.  More people should recognize that God sent them here to help others.  And they should get to work on that achievement before the night comes to their lives.  Now, that’s a message to put on Christian sweatshirts!

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