Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

The hummingbird parable, with origins in the Quechuan people of South America, has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists who are committed to making meaningful change in he world. In this imaginativ story, the determined hummingbird does everything she an to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home. The hummingbird—symbol of wisdom and courage—demonstrates that doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

parable is embraced by two of the worldís most influential leaders: Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who launched the Green Belt Movement ( which you coul ead about here), and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has spoken widely about his commitment to preserving the environment. This courageous little book features artwork by internationally renowned artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. His distinct and lively Haida Manga style engages perfectly with this inspirational story that encourages every individual to act on behalf of the worldís limited and precious resources.
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Flight of the Hummingbird
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Published April 7th 2008 by Greystone Books (first published January 1st 2008

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he essa also explain he tal of Wangarie Maathai, a modern day Johnny Appleseed, who started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya that has planted over 30-million trees.

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Besides the tale, the nove has wonderful afterwards by the Dalai Lama and Greenbelt Movement founder Wangari Maathai, both Nobel Peace Prize winners.The overall message is, of course, especially pertinent as Hummingbird Greta Thunberg has flittered into the scene.

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I guess people will not have to state the obvious until other people finally consider it and thi is the humble effort of this novel.

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