Welcome | october 2011

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“In the process of helping the earth to heal, we help ourselves.” ~ Wangari Maathai

In India, banyan trees are called trees of knowledge and trees of life, a fitting symbol for our October theme, sustainability, which by definition is “the capacity to endure.”

In a world out of balance we have to rediscover equilibrium in areas that seem bereft of money, spirit, wisdom, social consciousness, etc. It may begin with trees, or forgiveness; with the capacity to see ourselves in others, or finding patience; with taking a stand or taking care of the earth beneath our feet. For Wangari Maathai, who died last month, trees represented that endurance. To date her organization, the Green Belt Movement, has helped to plant 47 million trees in Kenya, reviving the environment as well as helping folks living in poverty.

In October, celebrate both Latino and LGBT history months and the anniversary of Yosemite National Park, October 1, 1890.



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  1. Gail Parris says:

    Thanks for speaking about Wangari’s life and message as it relates to sustainability. I decided to join the NYC million tree planting project. I am hoping to plant a tree in her honor in Forte Greene Park or outside of the new African Museum of Art near central park.

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