Severn Suzuki speaking at the UN Earth Summit 1992
THE 12 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO SILENCED THE WORLD FOR 5 MINUTES
[This is so sad…fighting for her future…the future of our planet…This is a truly remarkable speech…what is so incredibly sad is that this was 20 years ago, and it has only gotten worse, so much worse.]
Raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They were successful in many projects before 1992, when they raised enough money to go to the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Their aim was to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions would ultimately affect. The goal was reached when 12 yr old Severn closed a Plenary Session with a powerful speech that received a standing ovation.