Kenya’s Elizabeth Wathuti has been included in TIME magazine’s 2021 TIME100 Next list, which acknowledges 100 emerging leaders.
The list is made up of those persons who are shaping the future of different industries and sectors across the globe. Wathuti had been recognised for her tireless efforts in environmental conservation.
Elizabeth Wathuti has been an environmental activist for some times now. In 2021, Wathuti came into limelight when she she gave a glowing speech in Glasgow, Scotland. On that day, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop26), she gave a speech that highlighted how Kenyan, her home country, is being battered by climate-related starvation.
This year’s list had five categories, namely: Artists, Phenoms, Innovators, Leaders and Advocates. Elizabeth Wathuti was seeded in Phenoms category, alongside worldly renowned Tiktok sensation, Khaby Lame and NBA player Ja Morant just to name a few.
TIME spoke highly of Wathut’s immense contribution towards conservation of mother nature.
“Her powerful advocacy on the international stage has helped bring to the world’s attention the climate impacts already devastating her home country, Kenya, and other countries across the African continent,” TIME said in a statement.
“Elizabeth leads important grassroots work at home in Kenya, where she is the Founder of the Green Generation Initiative (GGI), a tree-growing initiative that enhances food security for young Kenyans, inspired by the work of the late Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai – and she is also the Founding Director of the African Youth Climate Leaders Hub at the late Nobel laureate’s foundation.”