Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.
It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.
You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference
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.
When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.
Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many times.
But all of them picked themselves up and kept going, and that is what I have always tried to do.
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.
Its the little things citizens do. Thats what will make the difference.
We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk!
The constitution is the ultimate custodian of social will and its making should be accorded all due diligence.
We’re constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. [But] we should always feel like a hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don’t want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I’ll be a hummingbird, I’ll do the best I can.
There are opportunities even in the most difficult moments.
When I first started, it was really an innocent response to the needs of women in rural areas. When we started planting trees to meet their needs, there was nothing beyond that. I did not see all the issues that I have to come to deal with.
Sometimes we become bound by other people's thoughts because we are not sure about ourselves.
Let us reject violence and selfishness which could destroy our country's unity.
We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.
All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. It must be this voice that is telling me to do something, and I am sure it's the same voice that is speaking to everybody on this planet - at least everybody who seems to be concerned about the fate of the world, the fate of this planet.
I am ready to have dialogue with the concerned parties once the nation is calm and the political temperatures are lowered enough for constructive and productive engagement.
May hard work, and justice, always cement our bonds of unity that we may get our country back to production.
I am deeply disturbed by the senseless violence instigated by some leaders in pursuit of their personal political agenda.
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.
The era of 'anything goes' is gone for ever.
It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa.
There is no room for communists in Kenya.
Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree.
But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.
The living conditions of the poor must be improved if we really want to save our environment
I am working to make sure we don't only protect the environment, we also improve governance.
Those of us who witness the degraded state of the environment and the suffering that comes with it cannot afford to be complacent. We continue to be restless. If we really carry the burden, we are driven to action. We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk!
Education is a very empowering experience, so many people who went to school also managed to improve their quality of life much faster because they could get a job, they could get money. Once people see that you improve your life if you are educated, then education becomes a valuable tool and people want it.
Government will no longer be run on the whims of individuals.
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.
Disempowerment - whether defined in terms of a lack of self-confidence , apathy, fear, or an inability to take charge of one's own life - is perhaps the most unrecognised problem in Africa today.
If you make mistakes that is alright because we all make mistakes and we learn from those mistakes. You gain confidence from learning, failing and rising again.
The little grassroots people can change this world.
Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.
Because I was a woman, I was vulnerable.
It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman.'
For us who are now in power, we need to be challenged to serve the people and ignore our own egos and personal interests so that we can really demonstrate to other African states that it is possible to share power without going to war.
Tradition sometimes excludes the girl child from inheriting;
or single women may not want to be perceived as pursuing too much property. The law has come a long way in favor of the woman, but it is the tradition, the attitudes, that we often have to fight.
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.
We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.
It gradually became clear that the Green Belt Movement's work with communities to repair the degraded environment could not be done effectively without participants embracing a set of core spiritual values.
That's the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree.
The issue of carbon is one area where we really need to work together and if people don't have the technology they need, that technology needs to be made available and affordable.
The essential role of the environment is still marginal in discussions about poverty. While we continue to debate these initiatives, environmental degradation, including the loss of biodiversity and topsoil, accelerates, causing development efforts to falter.
We have a responsibility to protect the rights of generations, of all species, that cannot speak for themselves today. The global challenge of climate change requires that we ask no less of our leaders, or ourselves.
The people are learning that you cannot leave decisions only to leaders.
Local groups have to create the political will for change, rather than waiting for others to do things for them. That is where positive, and sustainable, change begins.
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.
There are certain areas where foreign investors can help the local people to generate wealth, and improve their quality of life. Some companies, for example, Del Monte, which produces pineapples in Kenya, pay a huge amount of taxes, I am sure, to the Kenyan government, and they do create jobs for thousands of locals.
When you think of all the conflicts we have - whether those conflicts are local, whether they are regional or global - these conflicts are often over the management, the distribution of resources. If these resources are very valuable, if these resources are scarce, if these resources are degraded, there is going to be competition.
That's the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree.
And so I got an indigenous tree, called Nandi flame, it has this beautiful red flowers. When it is in flower it is like it is in flame.
For me, one of the major reasons to move beyond just the planting of trees was that I have tendency to look at the causes of a problem. We often preoccupy ourselves with the symptoms, whereas if we went to the root cause of the problems, we would be able to overcome the problems once and for all.
It is wonderful when you don't have the fear, and a lot of the time I don't .
.. I focus on what needs to be done instead.