I received this YouTube video today. It is somewhat old, but the words resonate just as strongly today as it did when Severn Cullis-Suzuki addressed the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro…
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, written with the help of her father, Dr. David Suzuki, that received a standing ovation.
Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severn_Cullis-Suzuki
Transcript of speech: http://www.sustainablestyle.org/sass/heirbrains/03suzuki.html
YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZsDliXzyAY