The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes

6 years ago

Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki and she is the daughter of world-renown environmentalist activist David Suzuki.

She was 12 years old when she gave this impassioned speech that silenced a forum at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit – a forum of international diplomats and power mongers, all brought to tears by the pleas of a child.

Image: AlicePopkorn via Flickr

I cried as I watched this.

Cried for my nieces, my nephews, and every child who will suffer our careless destruction of their future on this planet.

This child is a woman now, 29 years old. And I wonder…if her child were to speak at the 2012 UN Earth Summit, would her speech be any different?

severn-cullis-suzuki

 Would she thank us for the progress we’ve made in repairing her future?

Or would she be forced, by our inaction, to repeat her mother’s 1992 plea for change?

~Sylver Blaque

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