Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

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Greystone Books, Jan 6, 2012 - Nature - 64 pages
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Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home — trip after trip, her beak is filled each time with just a drop of water. Her efforts show her woodland companions that doing something — anything — is better than doing nothing at all. The hummingbird parable, which originates with the Quechuan people of South America, has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists worldwide committed to making meaningful change. This retelling, enlivened by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ fabulous Haida-manga illustrations, is suitable for all ages of would-be activists. Although environmental responsibility often seems like an overwhelming task, The Flight of the Hummingbird shows how easy it is to start and how great the effect could be if everyone just did what they could.

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This wonderful little book is an inspiration; one that, because of it's simple message and elegant illustrations, provides the understanding that all is not lost, that the damage caused to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has worked on finding progressive solutions to contemporary social and environmental issues in the pacific archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Recalling that substantive changes depended on the deeds and voices of people from small villages he echos the Hummingbird’s message by saying "Only the unlikely become heroes”. His artwork is published and exhibited in Asia and North America and a full length Haida Manga book will be released in 2009. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940, the daughter of farmers in the highlands of Mount Kenya. She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which, through networks of rural women, has planted over thirty million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 1986 the Movement established a Pan African Green Belt Network, which has taught people from other African countries the Green Belt Movement’s approach to environmental conservation and community building. Several African countries have since started similar successful initiatives. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family in a small hamlet in Taktser, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, he was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, and he also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He lives in Dharamsala, India.

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