People vs Inequality Podcast

S2 Ep 1: Youth climate activism in the footsteps of Wangari Maathai

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How can we get urgent climate action that is also just? This is the question we explore in Series Two of the People vs Inequality podcast, learning from the stories of change-makers that are turning the tide for climate justice.

We are kicking off with one of the most inspiring climate activists of today.  Elizabeth Wathuti shows that youth climate activism is not new, as  she planted her first tree at age 7 and turned anger into action by founding the Green Generation Initiative in 2015. Inspired by the late environmentalist and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai she shows what it means to nurture care and leadership of young people, whilst ‘cracking down the system’ that is working against them. Hear why she called on world leaders ‘to open their hearts’ at COP26 and how she plans to make sure they deliver for climate justice – for her fellow Kenyans, for Africa and for the world.

To find out more about  Elizabeth Wathuti and her work  check out:

Elizabeth Wathuti COP26 World Leaders Summit Speech :

Green Generation Initiative website: 

Wangari Maathai Foundation website: 

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 The show is a collaboration between Barbara van Paassen (creator and host), 
Elizabeth Maina (producer), Alexander Akello (audio engineer) with financial support from the Guerilla Foundation.