Mandela-Madiba : 95th Birthday Leader of the Centuries to Come
A man who was not bitter about those who put him 27 years in prison is Mandela-a giant with vision and focus. A man whose most important legacy is: ‘to lead as much by what he chooses not to do as what he does’ is Mandela, a man whose important message is – there is nothing black and white in this complex world.
The United Nations hasrecognized the anti-apartheid leader's birthday, 18th July, as an opportunity to honor his legacy. It is called Mandela Day.
The Mandela Day campaign message for his 95th birthday in 2013 is simple: Madiba-as he was fondly called-gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity, as an advocate, as activist, as politician. So, as a symbolic gesture, everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen campaign on social activities, environmental protection or serving your local community or simply by reading about his monumental work and reflecting.
I recall following eight lessons culled out by Richard Stengel, Biographer of Mandela.
Courage is not absence of fear-it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.
Lead from front-but do not leave your base behind.
Lead from the back-and let others believe they are in front.
Know your enemy-and learn about his favorite sport.
Keep your friends close-and your rivals even closer.
Appearances matter-and remember to smile.
Nothing is black and white.
Quitting is leading too.
When asked 'how the man who emerged from prison differed from the willful young man who had entered it?'. He replied, "I came out mature".
We all need to come out mature from the prison of modern and consumer oriented unsustainable world. Give 67 minutes to reflect on the way we leave and how together we can make it sustainable.
Former Director, UNEP
International Environment Film Festival
You are cordially invited for the first ever Environmental Film Festival is being organized in the UK in London on 12th and 13th September 2014. It is a free event aimed to improve awareness on issues connected to environment and climate change.
The two-day event is jointly hosted by London-based Sanskruti Centre and multi-location TERRE Policy Centre who is partner with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Climate and Clean Air Coalition and United Nations Safe Planet Campaign. The Venue is Digital Theatre, MML 306 Dollis Hill Lane, and NW2 6HH.
Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary will render the inaugural address on 12th September for State and junior Minister for Energy and Climate Change. Eminent speakers Sally Case, Chief Executive of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Rajendra Shende, former Director of United Nations
Environmental Program (UNEP) will also be speaking on the occasion. A short film on climate change will be shown thereafter.
On 13th, more films ranging about 5-14 minutes each in duration and connected to the Environment and impact of Climate Change on communities, biodiversity and culture will be screened. Films include Melting of Himalayas, Leopards in the Lurch, the Silenced Witness, The Last Dance etc. by acclaimed directors like Kalpana Subrahmanian, Ashima Narain, Gurmeet Sapal and Sonya Kapoor.
Guests (on both days) must be present by 5.30 pm. Drinks/light snacks are available.