Who is Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, alias Liz Mazingira?
Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti is a 23-year-old change maker from Kenya who has her expertise and passion in sustainability, environmental conservation and community development.
She is a recipient of Wangari Maathai Scholarship award for her outstanding passion and commitment to environmental conservation which dates back to her childhood.
The award is in memory of the late professor Wangari Maathai who was the first African woman to receive the Nobel peace prize for her efforts to save Kenya\\’s forests. Elizabeth is also a Greenbelt movement full member. The Greenbelt Movement was founded by the late Nobel Prize winner; professor Wangari Maathai who is Elizabeth’s role model.
Elizabeth is also a 2019 Regional Finalist for Africa for the UN Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2019. This is forward looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists and the highest environmental honor for youth attributed by United Nations.
Enthusiastic about sustainability, she is a sustainability analyst at sustainable square, Kenya which is a micro-multinational firm in the field of sustainability, CSR and social impact headquartered in Dubai that focuses more on organizational sustainability, transparency and disclosure, responsible investment and social impact.
She runs an initiative; Green Generation Initiative, with an aim of nurturing young environmental enthusiasts, building climate resilience and greening schools. She is a 2018 Global youth in landscape leadership recognized by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).
“The main aim of Green Generation Initiative is to address global environmental challenges that I have identified with since I was a child, including deforestation, pollution and environmental injustices. I often used to think to myself ‘Why not nurture and raise more young people to be conscious of the environment so that their collective action will help to address global environmental challenges?’,” Afterall, there is a saying: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ , ” Green Generation Initiative Founder, Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, a.k.a Liz Mazingira