Daughter of famed Canadian scientist, David Suzuki, Severn Cullis–Suzuki developed a deep connection to nature at an early age.. She has been camping and hiking all her life for the sake of environment. When she was 9 she started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a small group of children. This is her inspring speech at at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Summit, Earth Summit in 1992.
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The Young Can’t Wait
TIME Magazine, Posted Sunday, August 18, 2002; 7:31 a.m. EST
When you are little, it’s not hard to believe you can change the world. I remember my enthusiasm when, at the age of 12, I addressed the delegates at the Rio Earth Summit. “I am only a child,” I told them. “Yet I know that if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this would be. In school you teach us not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? You grownups say you love us, but I challenge you, please, to make your actions reflect your words.” Continue reading