It is Freedom Day in South Africa! What does Freedom mean to you? What does Freedom mean for our Earth? These are important issues to sit and think about…
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
― Nelson Mandela
South Africans celebrate Freedom Day on 27 April every year, the day that their country held its first ever non-racial democratic elections all those years ago in 1994.
All South Africans were ecstatic that Nelson Mandela could walk free. He was elected as the new (and first Black) President. Thus ended more than 300 years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule. Thus began a new democratic government with a new constitution.
Freedom Day in Lock Down
South Africa and her people have experienced many ups and downs since then! This year, 2020, sees us celebrate Freedom Day in Lock Down! We cannot have a braai with friends or family. We cannot walk the dog or cycle or surf. We are alone at home. We await the end of the dreaded Coronavirus. We await economic stability and a new green world.
What does Freedom Day mean for you this year? What does Freedom Day mean for Nature?
Will the Earth ever be free again?
Will our ecosystems rebound, our ocean return to full health and our skies light up pollution-free? Will human beings discover a new lease on life where eco-living supersedes the race for consuming and owning and money and wealth. Now is the time to reach out to Earth and all who need her energies to survive.
Speaking at the first anniversary of South Africa’s non-racial elections President Mandela said; “As dawn ushered in this day, the 27th of April 1995, few of us could suppress the welling of emotion, as we were reminded of the terrible past from which we come as a nation; the great possibilities that we now have; and the bright future that beckons us. Wherever South Africans are across the globe, our hearts beat as one, as we renew our common loyalty to our country and our commitment to its future. The birth of our South African nation has, like any other, passed through a long and often painful process. The ultimate goal of a better life has yet to be realised. On this day, you, the people, took your destiny into your own hands. You decided that nothing would prevent you from exercising your hard-won right to elect a government of your choice. Your patience, your discipline, your single-minded purposefulness have become a legend throughout the world…”