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

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

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

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

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

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It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.

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Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.

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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.

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We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.

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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.

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