We are a group of twelve and thirteenyearolds trying to make a difference. Severn suzuki at rio summit 1992 with eng subtitle youtube. The findings of this summit contributed to the kyoto protocol and a global climate change accord. Twenty years ago, at the original rio earth summit, severn suzuki, a. Her speech to delegates had such an impact that she became a frequent invitee to u. Hello, im severn suzuki, speaking for ecothe environmental childrens organization. Severn is an activist and writer who has been speaking out about social. Now, the canadian is a fervent supporter of greta thunberg, a powerful force whos holding world leaders to account. My role model severn cullis suzuki is an outstanding role model for people across the world. Severn cullis suzuki started the environmental childrens organization eco when she was only 9yearsold. The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes available at a number of. Severn has served on the uns earth charter commission and on kofi annans special advisory panel for the 2002 world summit.
Severn cullis suzuki is the main character in the documentary film severn, the voice of our children, directed by jeanpaul jaud and released theatrically in france on november 10, 2010. Im only a child, yet i know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same air, water and soilborders and governments will never change that. Celebrating 25 years since severn suzukis iconic speech. The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes available at a number of sites, including. Vanessa suttie, morgan geisler, michelle quigg, and me. There, she delivered a powerful, moving speech that would garner worldwide attention. We are a group of twelve and thirteenyearolds from canada trying to make a difference. N earth summit speech 1992, severn suzuki by sylvia. Severn cullissuzuki haida killthgula gaayaa gute rednerin, 30. This was a speech delivered at the rio earth summit in 1992 by twelveyear old severn suzuki of canada. Text copy of speech the girl who silenced the world for five. Severn cullissuzuki is a canadian environmental activist, speaker, television host, and author. Questions like these have been posed by severn since her youth.
Severn is married and lives with her husband and two sons in haida gwaii, british columbia. Eco was a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. She has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging. Cullis suzuki is an earth charter international council member. When she was six, she carried signs with her first protests on them on bernard avenue. Below is the full transcript of the powerful speech. Severn cullis suzuki is one of the most respected environmentalists. The girl who silenced the world for six minutes speech transcript. Severn cullissuzuki reflections and world premier of video project. Severn cullis suzuki is a culture and environment activist and writer, champion for the canadian earth summit initiative 2012 we canada, host of the aptn tv series samaqan water stories, and board member of the haida gwaii higher education society and the david suzuki foundation.
A child speaking before adults representing all the countries in the world yet her speech was anything but childish. Twelveyearold severn cullis suzuki was one of a handful of children given the chance to speak at the closing of the very first earth summit in rio d janeiro, brazil, in june of 1992. There we were, all still working away for these beautiful principles for survival. They were successful in fundraising and organizing to attend the 1992 rio earth summit, where 12yearold severn delivered a powerful speech that garnered worldwide attention. English severn cullissuzuki at rio summit 1992 amara. When she was 9 she started the environmental childrens organization eco, a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. In 1992, with eco, severn attended the rio earth summit, where, at the age.
Severn was passionate about the issues facing the environment. She is the daughter of canadian environmentalist david suzuki. We are a group of 12 and yearolds trying to make a difference. It was a day that the media, world leaders and the world. Text version below transcribed directly from audio hello, im severn suzuki speaking for eco the environmental childrens organization.
At the 1992 earth summit in rio, 12yearold severn cullis suzuki urged the world to save the planet. A longtime activist for intergenerational justice, severn founded the environmental. Yet the enduring memory of that summit was a dramatic speech given by a 12 yearold girl from canada that silenced the world for five minutes. The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes audio severn suzuki hello, im severn suzuki speaking for e. She is a canadian environmental activist and speaker. She was twelve years old, at what was then the worlds biggest ever political gathering.
Severn suzuki address to the plenary session, earth summit, rio centro, brazil 1992. Download this speech in pdf transcript andor mp3 audio file. Ms suzuki is the daughter of noted environmentalist and academic, david suzuki. If you dont know how to fix it, please stop breaking it. The group of children was able to collect funds to visit the 1992 rio earth summit. Severn cullis suzuki, haida gwaii, british columbia. Severn cullissuzuki still believes correspondent frank kuin. Instructional sequence extending understanding z role play and mixer z speech. David suzuki, she leads by example and is passionate about encouraging young people to speak out. I was a bit younger than severn, but everything she said hit home for me.
She told summit attendees i am fighting for my future and i am here to speak for all generations to come. Vanessa suttie, morgan geisler, michelle quigg and me. Globalization rio girl severn cullis suzuki 20 years on. Raised in vancouver and toronto, severn cullis suzuki has been camping and hiking all her life. Severn cullissuzuki, then 12, speaking at the 1992 earth summit in.
Read the sentence from cullis suzuki s speech delivered at the united nations earth summit in 1992. The girl who silenced the world for six minutes speech. Severn cullissuzuki, earth charter international council member. Severn cullissuzuki speaking at rio in 1992 youtube. Severn culllis suzuki was born on november 30, 1979, in vancouver, british columbia. A child speaking before adults representing all the countries in. Severn cullis suzuki environmental activist champion for the canadian earth summit initiative 2012 suzuki s speech you can help. A young environmental activist fights on, 16 years after her earth.
Over 20 years ago, when she was 12 years old, she gained international fame when she made a passionate plea to the united nations. Notable works, honoured in the united nations environment programmes global 500 roll of honour. Earth summit was created as a response for member states to. We are a group of 12 and yearolds from canada trying. We raised all the money to come here ourselves, to cover five. Severn cullis suzuki is one of the worlds most remarkable youth environmental activist, speaker, television host as well as author. In 1992, with eco, severn attended the rio earth summit, where, at the age of twelve, she delivered a powerful speech that garnered worldwide attention.129 80 525 1407 1335 249 499 1008 1192 1588 774 1647 1183 546 582 492 1264 1439 304 1600 1337 222 1515 145 411 317 1202 1007 1055 151 1321 901 1031 1071 816