GRACE PAM

NIGERIA

'We are faced with environmental challenges such as population explosion, climate change, floods, and so on.  Most times, we think educating people will help solve the problems, especially, the education of women and girls, and to some extent, this is correct.  But education that does not teach people to apply wisdom only leads to demands for more from nature. People need training that recognizes the value of wisdom, wisdom that goes beyond what we learn from the four walls of a conventional school. 

 

The wisdom we learn by paying attention to everything around us, nature and people, and learning to have deep respect for life, and nature, beyond just humans. Nature teaches us wisdom all the time, if we care to listen.  It abhors waste, it supplies to every organism just what it requires, it does not support greed.  If humans learn the wisdom in slowing down to listen and learn, nature teaches contentment, interconnectedness, and interdependence.  Nature has solutions to our challenges, we need to go back to respecting nature so humans and the environment can thrive harmoniously.'