Wangari Maathai

Environmentalist, Political Activist, Writer

April 1, 1940 - September 25, 2011

April 1, 1940 - September 25, 2011

Environmentalist, Political Activist, Writer


34 Greatest Quotes By Wangari Maathai

Sometimes we become bound by other people's thoughts because we are not sure about ourselves. Wangari Maathai
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. Wangari Maathai
When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope. Wangari Maathai
It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees. Wangari Maathai
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. Wangari Maathai
You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself. That values itself. That understands itself. Wangari Maathai
Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect. Wangari Maathai
There are opportunities even in the most difficult moments. Wangari Maathai
You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them. Wangari Maathai
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. Wangari Maathai
We can love ourselves by loving the earth. Wangari Maathai
We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk! Wangari Maathai
All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. Wangari Maathai
I am working to make sure we don't only protect the environment, we also improve governance. Wangari Maathai
It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa. Wangari Maathai
Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve. Wangari Maathai
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership. Wangari Maathai
There's a general culture in this country to cut all the trees. It makes me so angry because everyone is cutting and no one is planting. Wangari Maathai
It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem. Wangari Maathai
The little grassroots people can change this world. Wangari Maathai
No matter who or where we are, or what our capabilities, we are called to do the best we can. Wangari Maathai
We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible. Wangari Maathai
It would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture. Wangari Maathai
What people see as fearlessness is really persistence. Because I am focused on the solution, I don't see the danger. Wangari Maathai
And so I'm saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now. Wangari Maathai
You can educate people on how to preempt their own conflict. Wangari Maathai
What a friend we have in a tree, the tree is the symbol of hope, self improvement and what people can do for themselves. Wangari Maathai
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. Wangari Maathai
Unfortunately, the issues of climate change, unlike many other issues, are very subtle because the changes we observe are very, very subtle. Wangari Maathai
Nobody in the world is completely dependent on another person, but we are all interdependent. Wangari Maathai
An individual citizen cannot protect himself from the powers of large corporations or external governments. It is the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens. Wangari Maathai
I think some of these solutions are prepared in an office without a full understanding of the local situation. Wangari Maathai
When you know who you are you are free. Wangari Maathai