#MyLittleThing : Wangari Maathai

“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference.

My little thing is planting trees.”  -Wangari Maathai

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Lover of Earth, Planter for the people and Noble Peace Price Winner, Wangari Maathai was a lovely stubble upon in one of my late night falls down the Youtube rabbit hole.

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An environmentalist in Kenya who changed the lives of women in her community by planting trees!  “Women needed income and they needed resources because theirs were being depleted,” Maathai explained to People magazine. “So we decided to solve both problems together.” With the Green Belt Movement and the help of many women men and children, she responded to these needs and has planted over 50 million trees to date.

My little thing is curating spaces to talk about our relationships with clothes and its relationship with the environment. To discuss where we consume and the numerous ways to lengthen the life of our loved garments to prevent landfill waste. The trouble is that we think of clothing, shoes, bedding, drapery etc. in a ‘human timeframe’, you know when its no longer in season, when actually it relates to materials which in some cases took millions of years to form and will take 100’s of years to decompose. We need some longer-term thinking for our tomorrow.

I’d love to hear about your little thing, your libation to the earth, to your community?

Peace & Positive Vibes

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