The transformative power of Wangari Maathai’s life and journey is reflected in how today’s young change-makers from Greta Thunberg, to Vanessa Nakate as well as individual members of society champion environmental and democratic rights on a daily basis. Her significant literary impact is however less known. She wrote four books that summarise her remarkable accomplishments in her fight for the environment, and sustainable development in Africa. Her inspirational memoir, Unbowed, recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the international environmental and human rights activist.
Wangari Maathai was passionate about the environment, in her book, The Green Belt Movement, she outlines its inception, operations, and future potential. Through her interaction with nature, Wangari noticed a disconnect between people and the physical earth. In her book, Replenishing the Earth, she distinctly explains how human beings can relate to the earth. As a change-maker and a great leader, Wangari Maathai keenly observed what was happening around her. She saw the problem that Africa was facing, in her book Challenge for Africa, Maathai gives “hard-headed hope” and “realistic options” for change and improvement.