Wanjiku Gatheru, the Kenyan winning in Oxford
It seems Kenyans are winning big abroad and today we got our own Wanjiku Gatheru, the founder of BLACK GIRL ENVIRONMENTALIST, a project to fight for climate.
At her age most women of Wanjiku Gatheru are enjoying life to it’s fullness but to her, she chose to take a different approach to the world. Wanjiku who is commonly know as Wawa is changing the world climate.
The 23 year old who has Kenyan roots became the first black person to be awarded three scholarships. Featured in instagram posts, you could easily spot her Kenyan bracelet and without a thought if you are a kenyan citizen you could just say she is Kenyan woman.
Wawa was granted the Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholarships — she’s the first Black person to be selected for all three — and the founder of @blackgirlenvironmentalist. Wawa is committed to uplifting the voices of those most adversely impacted by climate change.
“I decided to dedicate my life to environmental justice when I made the connection that while the climate crisis is the biggest threat to Black life, we are being sidelined in the very movement tasked with solving it.
Gender inequality around the world makes us more vulnerable to environmental stressors. Women of color, especially Black and Indigenous women, bear an even heavier burden from the impacts of climate change because of the continuing impacts of racism and colonialism.
It is precisely our proximity to climate injustice that makes us the most qualified to lead. We are already leading on solutions to survive.”
“Women are at the forefront of the climate crisis,” explains 23-year-old environmental justice advocate and Oxford University student Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru.