Who is Elizabeth Wathuti?
She is a passionate environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya and the founder of Green Generation Initiative and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community development. She is currently the Head of Campaigns and Daima Coalition on green spaces Coordinator at Wangari Maathai Foundation.
She is a member of the Counties Advisory Committee at the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund Trustees, full member of The Greenbelt Movement, a board member of the Elephant neighbours centre, and a youth council member of the International Reserva: The Youth Land Trust
How I got into Environmental Activism.
Having grown up in one of the most forested regions in Kenya and in a village where planting trees and drinking from clean streams was a norm, my first act as a climate activist was planting my first tree when I was 7 years old inspired by the late Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.
I have known and loved nature as my home since childhood. Nature has been my greatest teacher. I spend time with her, listening to her, understanding her, and learning from her.
It always broke my heart when I saw and read about how the world’s forests were being burned down and cleared at alarming rates, I couldn’t stand watching nature’s destruction, our water ways being polluted and people treating our planet as if they had another one to move to.
All these environmental injustices greatly disturbed me and I knew that I needed to rise up and do something about it. That is why I decided to get into environmental activism and that is why today, I am co-creating with nature, crying for her destruction, recognizing her rights,fighting for her life,so we can all again feel her joy of abundance.All I want is for everyone to have a livable world and a safe future including all generations yet to come and I will keep fighting.
How I founded Green Generation Initiative (GGI) and what GGI does
Growing up, 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?’. After all, 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.”
My passion was my driving force and I started without funds. My first event was in a primary school where I used my own money to buy tree seedlings that would facilitate the tree planting and wider environmental education that day. It was a great success and later on through the Wangari Maathai Scholarship award, I established my own tree nursery at home so that it would be easier for me to source future tree seedlings at a minimal or no cost.
GGI focuses on nurturing young environmental enthusiasts through promoting a nature first culture, love for nature and environmental consciousness. Our main programs include practical environmental education, greening schools, inculcating a tree growing culture among people for forest cover increment through adopting a tree campaign and establishing food forests where we incorporate fruit trees growing for food security.