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.
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.
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.
Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.
It’s a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.
I am working to make sure we don’t only protect the environment, we also improve governance.
It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.
I don’t really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me.
It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa.
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.