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Nelson Mandela: It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done
By Lushendrie Naidu
The last great leader of the twentieth century—and an inspiration for this new millennium—died here in South Africa yesterday.
Nelson Mandela inspired all of us with his courage, his unyielding resistance and his grace. Inspired by Mandela’s vision, climate activists from around the world helped make this video last June during the Global Power Shift convergence organized by 350.org.
He 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.
As a South African, I am filled with an overwhelming appreciation for a man that gave the world so much—freedom, love, compassion, empathy, graciousness and of course, himself. Along the way, Mandela and his colleagues helped pioneer the divestment tactic that many climate campaigners are now emulating. I think the tribute he would like the most is the knowledge that people the world over are carrying on his work.
Mandela's selfless determination is an inspiration to all of us, and we will keep his memory close to our hearts on the road ahead.
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By Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky
One year after the Flint Water Crisis I was invited to participate in a water rights session at a conference hosted by the US Human Rights Network in Austin, Texas in 2015. The reason I was at the conference was to promote efforts by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to encourage scientists to shine a light on how science intersects with human rights, in the U.S. as well as in the context of international development. My plan was to sit at an information booth and share my stories about water quality projects I spearheaded in communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Philippines. I did not expect to be thrown into conversations that made me reexamine how scientists use their knowledge as a public good.
The shipping industry is coming to grips with its egregious carbon footprint, as it has an outsized contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and to the dumping of chemicals into open seas. Already, the global shipping industry contributes about 2 percent of global carbon emissions, about the same as Germany, as the BBC reported.
The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC overlooks the Tidal Basin, a man-made body of water surrounded by cherry trees. Visitors can stroll along the water's edge, gazing up at the stately monument.
But at high tide, people are forced off parts of the path. Twice a day, the Tidal Basin floods and water spills onto the walkway.