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Rich Early Experiences Support Life-Long Contributions
May 8, 2018
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“As with so many environmental activists, Wangari [Maathai]’s early childhood experiences were decisive. Those years in Maathai’s life gave her a feel for nature, for the interconnected-ness of life,” writes John Rosenow in his book, Living Long and Living Well. In describing the Nobel Peace Prize winner, he explained how rich early childhood experiences provided the foundation for a long and well-lived life:

“As with many people, it was a combination of Maathai’s experiences, each adding to the other, that made it possible for her to be a creative contributor increasingly year by year. Her early years directly connected to the earth’s riches, her academic instruction, her organizational experience, her trial-and-error experiences growing trees…added up more and more to the impact she was able to have. What a gift for Africa and for the world that her contributions continued for such a long period of time.”





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"Living Long & Living Well tells the stories of 10 fascinating people who made some of their most meaningful life contributions during their Wisdom Years—from Nelson Mandela peacefully bringing racial justice to South Africa to Georgia O'Keeffe making an enduring impact on the art world."

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kelly · May 08, 2018
Troy, MI, United States


this is cool

Arlene DeCicco · May 08, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States


Very impressed with a woman activist (Wangari Maathai) of much fortitude, especially in getting people involved in helping the environment, and her starting of the Green Belt Movement.



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