By Elizabeth Kahurani
When I first heard those words by Prof Wangari Maathai, I was too young to comprehend what she really meant, but I remember it was a phrase that impressed and stayed with me. Now that I am full grown, I only know too well the import of the words, more so now that I report on climate change and environmental issues. A good friend of the Worldagroforestry Centre (ICRAF), many staff will fondly remember her visits and spirited discussions. Her memory lives on, not just in the trees of neighbouring Karura forest and others elsewhere but also in the people she inspired to take care of Mother Nature. Indeed, as illustrated in her favourite hummingbird story, each one of us need to ask ourselves whether we are the hummingbird that tried to stop the fire in the forest even with its seemingly limited ability, or are we the huge animals like the elephant, with what it takes but watching from the side.