Elizabeth Wathuti honored with Time100 Impact Award in Singapore

Elizabeth Wathuti, a Kenyan environmentalist and climate leader, has been honored in Singapore with the Time100 Impact Award. She is the founder of the Green Generation Initiative and plays a crucial role in the Africa Youth Climate Assembly.

Wathuti’s advocacy has focused on youth issues, environmental issues, and the push for bringing youths on board as she embraces nature as her guide and sanctuary.

She draws her inspiration from Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wangari Maathai, whose tireless efforts in environmental conservation remain remarkably outstanding.

Elizabeth Wathuti’s award signifies a powerful affirmation of the incredible potential bestowed on Africa’s youth and is a bold move for young women and girls to emulate.

Her advocacy has shown a spotlight on the African continent, championing African Youth issues, and on the international stage, which has helped bring to the world’s attention the climate impacts already devastating her home country, Kenya, and other African countries, and the solutions that the African continent is providing to address global challenges.

Elizabeth Wathuti said that her award is not just about herself, but is a spotlight on the energy, innovation, and resilience of a younger generation determined to shape a brighter future for our communities and the planet.

Elizabeth Wathuti
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 17: Elizabeth Wathuti gives her award acceptance speech during the TIME100 Impact Awards on September 17, 2023 in Singapore. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images for TIME)

She spoke at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, which was organized under the leadership of Kenya’s President His Excellency President Dr. William Ruto, and the African Union to shape Africa’s green growth agenda and narrative for global solutions.

“I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for the African Youth Climate Assembly secretariat, who collaborated with me to ensure that the perspectives and opinions of young Africans were included in the climate decision-making processes,” she noted.

Based on the youth’s role in the climate change space, Elizabeth Wathuti emphasizes the essence of embracing intergenerational dialogues. She points out that these engagements will go strides further in enabling the young people to be decision-makers and in turn more emboldened.

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