Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wangari Says ‘be Gentle to Planet Earth’


It has been few years we have been coming across green politics, green cars, and green products. After evolving from gender issues, at last, developed world is thinking green.

Green wind from a third world Kenya is a positive development, more interesting, its lead by a female, Wangari.

Lately I came across a BBC documentary on Wangari; she is an awe inspiring green activist won the noble prize for her contribution in the field of environment. After watching her, I felt, world needs more Wangari, leading through example. Striving for a better future for all, for the world at large.

Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt movement in Kenya in 1977, which has planted more than 10 million trees to prevent soil erosion and provide firewood for cooking fires.

A 1989 United Nations report noted that only 9 trees were being replanted in Africa for every 100 that were cut down, causing serious problems with deforestation: soil runoff, water pollution, difficulty finding firewood, lack of animal nutrition, etc. The program has been carried out primarily by women in the villages of Kenya, who through protecting their environment and through the paid employment for planting the trees are able to better care for their children and their children's future. In 1998, Wangari Maathai gained worldwide attention when the Kenyan President backed development of a luxury housing project and building began by clearing hundreds of acres of Kenya forest. It is feared that future wars would be fought on water; environment is the issue we will all be engulfed in future. Carbon emission is one of the areas, Kyoto Protocol addresses. I was lately in US; I was surprised that Washington State, Seattle, signed Kyoto Protocol, in spite of US’s reluctance. Wangari’s message is so important that no on affords to ignore…..it is ‘plant a tree, focus on Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle’. Various cities in Japan and Seattle are the place where I saw people taking environment as serious issue, other areas also need to listen to Wangari for a better future for our coming generation.
I guess, it is alright to be gentle with planet earth.

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