Quotes by Kenyan authors


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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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"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"
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"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"
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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 would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture"
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"But when you have bad governance, of course, these resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship"
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"And so I'm saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now"
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"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"
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"It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men"
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"Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve"
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"We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment"
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"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"
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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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"I am working to make sure we don't only protect the environment, we also improve governance"
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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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"We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all"
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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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"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"
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"You cannot blame the mismanagement of the economy or the fact that we have not invested adequately in education in order to give our people the knowledge, the skills and the technology that they need in order to be able to use the resources that Africa has to gain wealth"
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"When you think of all the conflicts we have - whether those conflicts are local, whether they are regional or global - these conflicts are often over the management, the distribution of resources. If these resources are very valuable, if these resources are scarce, if these resources are degraded, there is going to be competition"
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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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"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"
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"When I first started, it was really an innocent response to the needs of women in rural areas. When we started planting trees to meet their needs, there was nothing beyond that. I did not see all the issues that I have to come to deal with"
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"Scientific innovations continually provide us with new means of analyzing the finds"
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"I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa"
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"Earlier, 100,000 elephants lived in Kenya and we didn't have any noteworthy problem with it. The problem that we have is not that there are now more elephants"
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"We are concerned that, in a few years time, this place of discovery, with its wealth of human fossils, the like of which can be found nowhere else in the world, could be completely destroyed"
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"The elephants were being slaughtered in masses. Some were even killed in the vicinity of big tourist hotels"
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"I can't think of any other region in the world which is such a vast source of fossils"
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"Paleoanthropology is not a science that ends with the discovery of a bone. One has to have the original to work with. It is a life-long task"