Top 20 Kumi Naidoo Quotes That Will Inspire You To Stand For What Is Right

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Kumi Naidoo is a South African, he is a human rights and environmental activist. He started as a child activist who fought apartheid in South Africa. He is also a co-founder of the Helping Hands Youth Organisation.
He also became the first African Head of Greenpeace which is an international environmental group.
Kumi is an inspiration to Africans to stand up for their right and for everything good. Here are some of his quotes that will inspire you.

Inspiring Kumi Naidoo Quotes

“In Durban, where I was born and grew up, and all over Africa, Nelson Mandela was a hero! Now he is a hero to the world.” — Kumi Naidoo

“There is no definition of terrorism and there is still the reality that one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Nelson Mandela also spoke about how, as a human being, he’s made mistakes.” — Kumi Naidoo

“My final advice for young people is to not wait for leadership from adult politicians. Step forward today, because our current leaders are denying the dire reality we are facing. Leadership can come form anywhere.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Whenever anybody called Nelson Mandela a saint, he would say: “If by saint you mean a sinner who is trying to be better, then I’m a saint.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Struggles only move forward when decent men and women step forward and say, ‘enough is enough and no more.'” — Kumi Naidoo

“I’ve come across a lot of people in my life who talk about poverty and talk about the poor, but you rarely have a sense that it matters to them to the point at which they will be willing to sacrifice something.” — Kumi Naidoo

“The Social License is fundamentally about accountability to people and not just powerful interests. John Morrison’s book reminds all organizations – governments, business and civil society – to focus on the legitimacy of their own actions.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Currently, we allow our political and business leaders to get away with murder. Now is the time to change that. We need direct liability for those who are destroying our future and this planet. We need fast, profound and systemic change. History only moves forward when courageous people get up and act. That’s why I support this citizens’ initiative to recognise ecocide as the crime it is.” — Kumi Naidoo

“If not one more cent in new aid money flowed [to Africa], we could with more urgency and efficiency and creativity be doing much more to take more people out of poverty.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Nelson Mandela once said “I can’t help it if the ladies take note of me; I’m not going to protest.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Investing one cent more in oil, coal and gas is investing in the death of society, and the in the death of our children.” — Kumi Naidoo

“The reality is today most of our political leaders want to be treated as gods and semi-gods, from the security details to the fuss around them and so on.” — Kumi Naidoo

“The struggle to avert catastrophic climate change is bigger than all the other struggles, whether it is slavery, democracy struggles, the woman’s right to vote, and so on I would argue that if what is at stake is securing life as we know it, then there can be no bigger struggle that we face.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Nelson Mandela was just a human being, a person like other people, and everyone relaxed. Within a minute, that sort of thing about the leader and the lead, the gap was closed, and that’s a rare thing.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Sandy was a climate change warning. Obama must now take the stage and fulfil the promise of hope the world needs.” — Kumi Naidoo

“A movement only becomes a movement of substance, size, and power when the artists say ‘we want to add our voice.'” — Kumi Naidoo

“This week we saw progressive business and faith leaders making strong commitments that are moving ahead of what world leaders promised today. The leaders of major economies must be bolder than they were today in providing a vision for 100% renewable energy for all.” — Kumi Naidoo

“Mandela was very keen not to be understood as an exceptional person.” — Kumi Naidoo

“With an agenda dominated by global security and U.N. reform, it appears that the decisions needed to lift millions of people from abject poverty are not being given the prominence they deserve.” — Kumi Naidoo

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