For 6 minutes, the 12-year-old girl Severn Suzuki addresses the delegates at the "UN Conference on Environment and Development" (June 3 – 14 1992, Rio de Janeiro). The message and the recommendations are really moving. Some politicians are visibly affected or at least thoughtful. That happened in 1992 – what has been achieved by now?
Now there is even more adversity...
Severn Suzuki (* 30 November 1979, Canada) is now an environmental activist, cultural ambassador, speaker, television host and author. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society and David Suzuki Foundation, as well as an initiator of numerous civil society projects. She emphasizes the importance of cultural values and experiences for the development of concrete solutions. Furthermore, she promotes dialogue on basic social values and the shaping of a sustainable development. She also has her own children.
"In 1992, the twelve-year-old Severn and members of the environmental club ECO collected donations to participate in the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Together with Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie and Morgan Geisler, Severn managed to attend the Conference. She gave a powerful speech in front of the delegates of the United Nations, from today’s and future generations’ perspective, on the limits of expansion and the exploitation of planet Earth’s resources, a speech that silenced the World. "