Nobel Laureate, warrior and protector of Mother Earth was called to a higher purpose at the age of 71. Too soon, too young we cry. Her work on this planet is over. She has left us a legacy to carry forward. I hope we do not disappoint her. I don’t think we will because the younger generation of today appears to know what is at stake and are fighting for a future for themselves and the generations to come.
This planet is our home and how we take care of it is how it will take care of us. The values of the passing generation have been “me, myself and I, mega-greed, give me more, give me more, still give me more and in our shortsightedness have caused tremendous damage to our planet, our home.
Ms Wangari Maathai was fearless in her commitment and was not intimidated by people in suits. She spoke her piece in defence of the planet and our home. She spoke the truth. Through her efforts alone, there are now thousands of new trees reclaiming the deserts and other parts of Africa, the cradle of civilization, and around the world. Do not let her down. Let us continue our fight for the planet our home. May her soul rest in peace.
…”Professor Maathai’s departure is untimely and a very great loss to all who knew her – as a mother, relative, co-worker, colleague, role model, and heroine; or who admired her determination to make the world a more peaceful, healthier, and better place.”