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The last great leader of the 20th century — and an inspiration for this new millennium — died here in South Africa yesterday.
Nelson Mandela touched all of us with his courage, his unyielding resistance, and his grace. He knew how to fight, and he knew when to make peace.
Inspired by Mandela’s vision, climate activists made a video last June during the Global Power Shift convergence coordinated by our 350.org crew.
Along the way, Mandela and his colleagues helped pioneer the divestment tactic that many climate campaigners are now emulating.
As a South African, I am filled with an overwhelming appreciation for a man that gave my country so much — freedom, love, compassion, empathy, graciousness and of course, himself. His selfless determination is what we remember this great soul by, and we will continue to keep him very close to our hearts.
I think the tribute Nelson Mandela would like the most is the knowledge that people the world over are carrying on his work.
Lushendrie for the whole 350.org team