Will You Be A Humming Bird: Wangari Maathai

Be the change you want to see.

One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest – a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging
wild fire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the
edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and

We want to tell you a story, a story of the humming bird, but before we continue with this story, we will like to introduce you to Wangari Muta Maathai she was a legend, an advocate for Kenyan environmental and political activism. She was born on the 1st of April, 1940 in the village of Lhithe, Nyeri District, in the central highlands of the colony of Kenya. She schooled in the United States at Mount St.Scholastica (Benedictine College) and the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

Wangari-Maathai-2 Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s, which is a non-governmental environmental organisation, the main purpose of the organisation is focused on the planting of trees, environmental conversation and women’s right. She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1986. In 2004 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Also between January 2003- November 2005 she was elected a member of President Mwai Kibaki. Sadly in 2011 Ms Wangri Maathai passed away.


There is so much to be thankful and grateful for when it comes to the amazing work of Wangari Maathai, we have observed that we live In a world where more and more young people are becoming problem solvers and game changers, it is crucial that they are encouraged. Not only is the story of the humming bird inspiring, but it highlights the importance of team work, unbuntu ‘i am because you are’ which is why we feel that it is essential to share her illustration of the humming bird with You.

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Are you doing the best you can?

Below are some quotes by Wangari Maathai to help you stay inspired and motivated to do the best you can.

If we can send man to the moon, why can we not plant a tree?
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.
Wangari Maathai

I am working to make sure we don’t only protect the environment, we also improve governance.
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

It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa.
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

It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.
Wangari Maathai

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.
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

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

We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment.
Wangari Maathai

Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.
Wangari Maathai

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