Wednesday, June 25, 2008

12 year old girl’s moving speech to the United Nations (16 years ago)

I’m only 16 years late posting this story, but I have a good excuse, in 1992 I was 14 years old, probably hadn’t heard of this magical thing called the internet, and the environment was the last thing on my mind. Someone that did have the environment in mind at that time was 12 year old Severn Cullis-Suzuki and she delivered this powerful speech at the UN Earth Summit in 1992.

The speech is very idealistic, but I hope it moved some of the members to start making some positive changes in their countries and the world. Since 1992 we can all probably come up with many positive and negative changes that have happened. The world probably would be a better place if adults behaved in the same way they teach their kids to act.

So where is Severn now? According to this Wikipedia article she graduated from Yale in 2002, hosted a television program called Suzuki’s Nature Quest on the Discovery channel, launched an Internet-based think tank called The Skyfish Project, in 2006 went back to grad school at the University of Victoria, and is still an active environmentalist.

Visit this link for interview of her by The Collage Foundation.

Original here

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