When I first started, it was really an innocent response to the needs of women in rural areas. When we started planting trees to meet their needs, there was nothing beyond that. I did not see all the issues that I have to come to deal with.
It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men.
There's a general culture in this country to cut all the trees. It makes me so angry because everyone is cutting and no one is planting.
We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.
Mohammed VI of Morocco