Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru believes that to solve the climate crisis, everyone must be involved. She has dedicated herself to making the message of the climate movement more relevant and accessible, with the goal of converting ‘unlikely’ environmentalists towards action. Her advocacy work focuses on environmental justice and the intersectionality of race, class, and the environment and she has been recognized for her dedication and leadership in promoting sustainability and environmental justice. She has earned numerous accolades, such as the Truman Scholarship, and the Udall Scholarship. She is also the first Rhodes Scholar in the history of the Connecticut public university school system.