The Voice of Triumph
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, is an embodiment of struggle and triumph. Having spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs in social justice and equality, he became the country’s first black head of state.
Upon his election, Mandela helped dismantle the institutionalized racism (see Apartheid) of the country and worked to reconcile the racial divide.
Nelson Mandela Got It Done
He eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. After a lifetime of struggle and commitment, Nelson Mandela became internationally recognized as personification of successful social activism. In his own words, “it always seems impossible until it is done.” It’s a powerful message. One that can be applied to the current struggle for sustainability.
The climate crisis impacts all life on this planet. As a result, we will have to change how we treat and exploit the environment. It’s evident that we need to transition towards sustainability as soon as possible, if we wish to maintain the balance of nature that sustains life. Change is hard. Motivating ourselves and others will definitely take work. But together, we can make it happen. Mandela speaks from experience.
Nelson Mandela Delivers His Election Victory Speech
Keep At It
Remain persistent. Stay focused on your goals, and judge your progress in terms of impact. That’s not to say words don’t matter! Far from. Rather, we can get detracted by words and promises. Mandela reminds us to concentrate on action. It’s the only way we can achieve the impossible.
In context of the climate crisis, this means organizing and encouraging collective action. Policy changes will have a bigger impact that our individual carbon footprint contributions. Vote for elected representatives that listen to the science. If they don’t, then help support candidates who do!
You can make a difference. Stay motivated and remember those who have struggled before you. There are plenty of brave figures throughout history that have proven that we can achieve the seemingly impossible. Men and women like Nelson Mandela, who dedicated their lives to progressive change. The challenge is enormous, but you are not alone.