Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

I am working to make sure we don't only protect the environment, we also improve governance.More Wangari Maathai [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.More Wangari Maathai [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa.More Wangari Maathai [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.More Wangari Maathai [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys from time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that.More Wangari Maathai [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment.More Wangari Maathai [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
You cannot blame the mismanagement of the economy or the fact that we have not invested adequately in education in order to give our people the knowledge, the skills and the technology that they need in order to be able to use the resources that Africa has to gain wealth.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In Kenya women are the first victims of environmental degradation, because they are the ones who walk for hours looking for water, who fetch firewood, who provide food for their families.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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. I think that is what I would call the God in me.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
When resources are degraded, we start competing for them, whether it is at the local level in Kenya, where we had tribal clashes over land and water, or at the global level, where we are fighting over water, oil, and minerals. So one way to promote peace is to promote sustainable management and equitable distribution of resources.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I think what the Nobel committee is doing is going beyond war and looking at what humanity can do to prevent war. Sustainable management of our natural resources will promote peace.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men.More Wangari Maathai [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
African women in general need to know that it's OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But when you have bad governance, of course, these resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I know there is pain when sawmills close and people lose jobs, but we have to make a choice. We need water and we need these forests.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.More Wangari Maathai [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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