What was the motivation of your environmental movement at the first place? Why didn’t you choose another field such as economy or politics and so on?
I have been passionate about the environmental since childhood mostly because I was able to connect to nature when I was still young. I noticed getting angered by environmental injustices such as seeing people throwing trash out of car windows, cutting down of trees, polluted rivers among many others and I always had the urge to want to do something about it when I was still a young girl. Growing up, I often thought to myself ‘Why not nurture and raise more young people to be conscious of the environment at a young age, so that their collective action will help to address global environmental challenges?'. Afterall, 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.”
Even so, I would not be where I am today without the support and inspiration of a few very important people. Firstly, my mum. A single mother, she shares my passions and helps me a lot. In fact, I have a tree nursery at home which she helps take care of in spite of her many commitments. I can’t thank her enough. When I told her that I wanted to become an environmentalist and pursue a course in the environmental field at University, she believed in me and has supported me every step of the way in my journey.
The late professor Wangari Maathai has also been a huge source of inspiration. I read books about her, the first one titled ‘unbowed’, which motivated and inspired me to stand strong and follow in her footsteps. I am now more than ever before, determined to leave my mark just as Wangari Maathai did.