I believe you can probably learn a great deal about people based on their personal heros. So, here’s a little more insight into Cindy. She adores Wangari Maathai, and adores her for good reason. If the internet is correct and up to date… Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmental and political activist. In 2004 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace” — the first African woman to receive the award. The Honorable Doctor Maathai is also an elected member of Parliament and is currently the Assistant Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki.
On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote that Cindy loves and that I also think is quite fantastic and very worthy of sharing.
“I don’t really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem and I have got to do something about it. So I am doing something about it. I think that is what I would call the god in me; and all of us have a god in us and that god is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. And it must be this voice that is telling me to do something and I’m sure it is the same voice that is speaking to everybody on this planet, at least everybody who seems to be concerned about the fate of this world, the fate of this planet.”
- Wangari Maathai