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This reflection is entitled...

A Ray of Light in the Darkness

Wangari Maathai
Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai in Oslo City Hall December 10, 2004.
Photo by Scanpix/Reuters

Out of the darkness
a ray of light .

A gentle reminder to
a world in turmoil
that the planet is
at risk and so are
we.

Wangari Maathai
a kenyan environmentalist
wins the
Nobel Peace
Prize .

The first African
woman to win
the peace prize .

Another reminder of
how one person
can make a
difference.

She spoke of a world
of beauty and wonder
she once knew as
a child ,
when she played
with the tadpoles
in a pond
near her home .

A pond that is now
dried up like much
of her land.

She founded a campaign
to plant 30 million
trees across
Africa
to slow
deforestation.

She also worked for
women's rights, democracy
and peace.

She was beaten
and jailed many times
but she
persevered
and became a ray
of light in the
darkness.

She spoke of a need for a shift in consciousness :

" Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking , so that humanity stops threatening its life support system . "

" I call on leaders, especially Africa to expand democratic space and build fair and just societies . "

And then she reminded the world ;

" Further, industry and global institutions must appreciate that ensuring economic justice, equity and ecological integrity are of greater value than profits at any cost ."

Hers is a voice
from our
mother earth
reminding us
that we are
tenants
in this wondrous
habitat ,
and can be quickly
eliminated
if we mistreat
natures
delicate support system.

She received a standing ovation
from an audience of about
1,000 people including Norway's
King Harald and Queen Sonja.

The question is ~ will we
hear her message
and follow
this ray of light
or will we continue our
selfish ways
and perish
in the ensuing
darkness.

ONLY LOVE HEALS

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