25 Total Quotes

Wangari Maathai Quotes

You must not deal only with the symptoms. You have to get to the root causes by promoting environmental rehabilitation and empowering people to do things for themselves. What is done for the people without involving them cannot be sustained.
Wangari Maathai
#Causes

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
#Quotes

We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind.
Wangari Maathai
#Goodness

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

If you want the future generations to live in peace, we must invest in the protection of the environment and we must train especially our young people so that they don't think, for example, the whole world is like Japan.
Wangari Maathai
#Environment

Why has there been so much secrecy about AIDS? When you ask where did the virus come from, it raises a lot of flags. That makes me suspicious.
Wangari Maathai
#Quotes #Aids

The privilege of a higher education, especially outside Africa, broadened my original horizon and encouraged me to focus on the environment, women and development in order to improve the quality of life of people in my country in particular and in the African region in general.
Wangari Maathai
#Africa

All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet.
Wangari Maathai
#God

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
#Quotes

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
#Quotes #Aids

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
#Country

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
#Quotes

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

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

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.
Wangari Maathai
#Create

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

I am working to make sure we don't only protect the environment, we also improve governance.
Wangari Maathai
#Quotes #Environment

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
#Quotes

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
#Quotes