Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Three cups of tea
I have just finished an amazing book called Three Cups of Tea. It is written by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin and tells the story of how Mortensen has led a fantastic program in Pakistan and later Afghanistan, to educate thousands of children, boys and girls equally, through his personal initiatives to build schools in remote regions. The story is compelling and one cannot fail to be moved by it.
Of course this blog is mainly about conservation, and at first the book would not seem to have much to do with the subject, but ultimately it is only though education that we can hope to achieve any kind of balance. Mortensen has, in my opinion, achieved more than all the wars that one can imagine. It seems appropriate to send this post on the very day of the announcement of an additional 30,000 troops are destined to be sent to a country that has never, in all its history since Alexander the Great, been conquered.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jerry, I also loved Three Cups of Tea when I read it last year. I was fortunate enough to be able to hear John Wood talk about his experiences helping children receive an education, and bought his book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. It was inspiring to hear him speak, and I highly recommend his book. [For more information, go to]

Cathie Crooks
University of Alberta Press