Sept 2011 – our tremendous green heroine – Wangari Maathai passes after battling cancer.
Hey Mother Earth —
You are unfolding before my very eyes these recent days, trees that were bare weeks ago are now feathering with potential of leaves, and blossoms. It is just beautiful. Thank you!
I always thought I was treading lightly on you. I fear that my personal impact is more, much MUCH more than I ever knew. I am so very sorry that I didn’t know the harm that I was causing you. I want you to know that I am making changes, little ones, as best I can to have my footprint be less. I want to learn more so that I can do more, and so that I can advocate and be more of a voice. I am so grateful for you. The clean air you provide so that I can breath, the dirt smell that fills my nostrils as I run my hands through it, the regard I have for soils nutrient density and all that it gives back in the form of food. I am comforted at the warmth you give me through your reach of sunrays. They touch and warm my day and my heart. I am so delighted when you sprinkle all of us with drops of rain that hydrate all that I need to continue to grow and prosper. You are generous over and over.
I am reminded of a past Earth Day when one of my green heroines Wangari Maathai 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement ceremoniously planted a millionth tree. We had met Wangari in 2005, here in Chicago and just loved her, she embraced and tremendoulsy inspired our field. This film clip from Taking Root shares part of her passionate story. Inspired by Wangari our tree loving sales leader Ellie Rogers fostered the Million Dreams Million Trees Campaign
Below my mentor shares these loving comments about trees:
Trees and plants cool and cleanse the air, increase property values, break the harsh winds of winter, provide habitat for wildlife and recreation for humans. They keep waterways clean by holding riverbanks and lakeshores in tact. They help prevent mudslides. Trees and plants absorb and remove farm chemicals and other contaminants from the soil and ground water also.
Over the past decades, a huge numbers of trees have been lost due to urbanization, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, housing and commercial development. Experts estimate we have a deficit of approximately 700 million trees for the environment needs they address.
Trees are the lungs of the planet, absorbing and breathing in carbon dioxide and exhaling pure oxygen to cleanse the air and help prevent global warming.
How We Can Help?
It takes ten trees to offset the carbon dioxide produced by each human that walks the earth each year. Simple math would suggest that just doing your part would be to kindly plant 10 trees a year, to offset your personal human footprint.
Here are some ways you can do that: