Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti is a passionate environmentalist, fourth recipient of Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award, Sustainability and Social Impact analyst at Sustainable Square, Full member of the Greenbelt Movement, and I have also recently been shortlisted as a regional finalist for Africa competing for the UN Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2019.
She is founder of Green Generation Initiative @GGI_Kenya and an award-winning environmental blogger. She has also recently graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development.
Growing up in Nyeri County, renowned for having the highest forest cover in Kenya, She planted her first tree at the age of 7 and then went on to establish an environmental club in her high school with the help of my geography teacher, who offered to be the club’s patron. She also served in the leadership of Kenyatta University Environmental Club (KUNEC) for three consecutive years. Through these experiences, She was able to conduct numerous tree planting activities such as clean ups and environmental education activities, all while increasing awareness of global environmental challenges like climate change.
Fortunately, her passion and commitment to the environment was recognised when she became the fourth recipient of the Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award. The award, given by the Greenbelt movement, Kenya Community Development Foundation and the Rockefeller foundation, aims to develop action-oriented young people who show strong values and commitment to environmental conservation. It was at this point in 2016 that she began Green Generation Initiative.
Here, we successfully persuaded Elizabeth to explain her experiences and all activities she had done for our planet for our audience.