Wangari Maathai was an environmental activist who’s actions moved me in so many ways. But, to be honest, I only found out about her when she actually became famous; when she had won the novel peace prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy, and peace. That’s when I dug deeper and found out that there would have been no Uhuru park nor Karura forest, without her. (Can you imagine if she had fought primarily for Mau forest too?) But pardon me, that is just narrow-minded talk, wishing others to take charge of our problems when we could as well take care of them. I read how much she had to go through in her fight, how she was flogged, shamed and mocked for defending trees…she fought with her bare life. Not even her extensive education and other awards and recognitions behind her belt could make her life easy. It had to be hands-on. But this was because she actually realized what was at stake. That, “The root of most of Kenya’s problems was (and still is) environmental degradation”. I caught her vision. And hopefully, you could catch it too, sooner rather than later. we should acknowledge the fact that, a good, healthy environment is synonymous with a good and healthy life. That is why we should be mindful of protecting the natural resources from which we source our foods, clothing, shelter and lifestyle. Every single individual action counts. A spark can cause a wildfire of change.
P/S: You can get a copy of “Unbowed” – one Prof. Wangari Maathai’s bibliographies by clicking here