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All Together, We Can Create Miracles

Martha
Posted December 20, 2016 from Colombia

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If preserving our species is a challenge, protecting our trees is an even greater one. Protected land is a utopia. My vision of protecting the trees while supporting our species has been considered by some to be crazy.

But I am not a crazy woman.

I believe that we need trees as much as we need water, air, and land. Knowing that deep inside my heart, I decided more than 20 years ago to protect land, to protect trees, to protect air, to protect water. These are the resources we need to protect our species and to protect all species. Maintaining our planet while advancing is a delicate equilibrium.

For the past two decades, I have been working to protect the land around a growing city. Where I can see pure air, others only see smoke. Where I see can see pure water, others see swimming pools. Where I see trees, they see buildings. When I walk I see birds, mammals, and butterflies; developers see only space for more buildings.

There are many who are trying to reach these amazing lands to conquer them with the goal of having more money in their accounts. For many years, I have been trying to educate people from the cities that the best bank account is to leave nature as it is. In nature, we find resilience as the most important principle; it can teach us everything.

My project, which I call Resiliencias, is my effort to connect private preserve areas of my country. In my efforts, I have faced so many challenges, but also so many miracles. Yes, miracles. Miracles happen every time I face an obstacle to trying to connect land, women, and the trees. These miracles are only possible when we believe deeply in ourselves and in what our bodies tell us.

When I was selected as a World Pulse Impact Leader, my main challenge was to focus on just one thing. Living in Colombia, a country in war, means you are not allowed to do just one thing at a time. We have had to think fast and develop different, complex strategies. It was normal to have many approaches to the same problem just in case.

But things are changing in my country. In the central range of the Andes, at 2600 meters abovesea level, life seems to be different now. It is a more peaceful habitat, and that has given me the strength and the time and the energy to start telling women about subjects I have never spoken to them about before. Survival was always first: food, shelter, health. Now, we have been doing conservation work, and we have started a new WhatsApp network to share ideas about how to preserve our species, some seeds, some trees.

This network will be connected to a bigger network, first in Colombia, then to the whole world. We all need to be connected so we can all together help each other. We can find solutions. We can share experiences. We can educate civil society about the importance of trees and preserving lands for our own survival.

My other challenge has been time. I have had a short period of time only to gather information for a new website, and to design the site. I was able to buy the host site just a few days ago, and soon I will fill the website with all of the information needed to protect land and trees and to connect green people to greentrees around the planet. All of this in one place.

Together, if we have the right information and the right connections, and if we believe in ourselves, we can create miracles.

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Anjana Vaidya
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 20, 2016

Saving tree is saving environment and saving environment is saving us (human being). Good work friend. Keep it up, best wishes, anjana 

Martha
Dec 21, 2016
Dec 21, 2016

Thanks Anjana, for writing and wishing me best wishes in this miracle journey...

Lily Habesha
Dec 21, 2016
Dec 21, 2016

Hey Dear,

You are such a change maker.

I see myself trying to do like yours, the challenges, the obstacles will be even more greater than yours. Wen I was a child, the back of our house was covered by a thick bush. When i was sent to school, we moved to a new house, we had a big compound, with big trees and grass. We use to be afraid to walk through the entrance to our compound, bushes on the right and left of our big compound. I do even remember a man raped a girl in the same bush in front of our house, she screamed and all the dwellers run to her rescue, the guy disappeared and the girl with white cotton dress, blood stained hand woven dress, which my Mom was whispering to another woman. i was in first grade by then.

We moved again to another house when i was in grade five. We walk to school in the middle of big and tall trees. We used to go to gather the leaves of eucalyptus on Saturdays and bring them to our mothers. When i complete high school, the city counsel started cutting trees down and build small offices. And again before eight years, all the places with trees, are covered by condos. Some old houses and a football fields are given to real estate owners, and we are not seeing any tree. Our city is almost changing in to desert...no fresh breeze to walk in the evening. The species, we get them from one compound...for medications are disappearing.

I'd like to join you, because i loved the way I brought up in a green area, and my little nieces and nephews should play the way I did.

keep the courage

Lily

JaniceW
Dec 22, 2016
Dec 22, 2016

“If you destroy the forest then the river will stop flowing, the rains will become irregular, the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation.” Wangari Maathai

I so applaud your efforts to protect the environment as when you do so, you also promote democracy, defend human rights and help ensure gender equality. By protecting our trees, you are planting seeds of peace that will flourish for generations to come. Thank you for being a guardian of our trees, of our planet and of our future.

Martha
Dec 22, 2016
Dec 22, 2016

Janice,

Indeed. If we protect trees which are responsible por our lives, our air, our water, our rivers, our oceans, our whales, our butterflies...then we might have understood how connect it is everything...within and beyond this universe.

thanks

Martha

Enmita Marin
Dec 27, 2016
Dec 27, 2016

Creo que la labor de salvar los arboles y preocuparse por la naturaleza en un pais con un entorno "en guerra" como tú misma lo describes, es loable. Tienes no solo un GRAN CORAZÓN sino un compromiso social y con la naturaleza que he visto en pocas personas, te admiro. Compartiré tu página para dar a conocer tu iniciativa entre mas jóvenes latinoaméricanos, especialmente peruanos. 

Un abrazo fraterno!

Olanike
Dec 28, 2016
Dec 28, 2016

Dear Martha,

I deeply share and can readily identify with the amazing work you are committed too. Nature is truly blessed to have you as an ardent and resilient environmental advocate. I sure look forward to seeing and further connecting with your work through your envisioned website. Wishing you the very best and sending you my greenest love!

Olanike.

Dhara Patel
Jan 04, 2017
Jan 04, 2017

headline itself tells thousand words and inspire us to unite and help each other.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 08, 2017
Jan 08, 2017

Dear Martha,

I so love your message of the need for connection to our beautiful natural home. What trees offer to us is so wise, so essential, so magical. What deeply celebratory news that things are changing in your country, allowing for new safety and freedom, and the ability to turn your efforts to environmental protection. Seed saving, tree planting and protection of wild areas are all so important. There are many women dotted across North America living rurally, taking care of land, saving seeds, growing food organically with heirloom varieties, planting trees. When I tell them about you they are so encouraged and want you to know how grateful they are to know about you and your work. I look forward to your new website and to being part of this work with you, globally. Yes, together we are capable of miracles. 

With love and deep appreciation,

Tam

Jane Nakalema
Jun 24, 2017
Jun 24, 2017

Surely together we are able!