10, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Johannesburg has received rain every day since Mandela’s death. At the ceremony, President Obama praised the former prisoner turned president as a giant of history whose lifelong quest to rid South Africa of apartheid linked him with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. Less well known to many, especially here in the U.S., were Mandelas efforts to address the root causes of climate change and to protect his people from what he saw as a gathering stew of threats to the environment of his native continent. Six years ago, Mandela founded The Elders , a group of former political and cultural leaders from around the world including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former United Nations head Kofi Annan who work to promote global peace and justice. Among its top priorities is climate justice, recognizing that the worlds poorest and most vulnerable also are the least responsible for the impact of human-caused climate change a situation The Elders hope to change.
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“To be humble. Don’t just think for yourself but think for other people, too,” she said. Nelson Mandela died Thursday in Johannesburg. He was 95 years old.
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