Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Maathai, Nobel Laureate, dies

Her life's work was economic in nature: she taught women to plant trees in part to provide for their own future, as environmental stability helps the watershed, saving women from the difficult task of walking long distances to bring water for their families. Also, trees provide wood, used in fires that provide heat and the opportunity to cook. Non-market benefits, to be sure, but very real nonetheless.

“When our resources become scarce, we fight over them,” she told a Norwegian television station near the time of her award. “In managing our resources and in sustainable development, we plant the seeds of peace.”

Amen!

This is the first post of material for Quiz #3.

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