The 12 Year Old Girl Who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of David Suzuki, addresses the very first U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Rio.
A 12-year old girl from Canada traveled to Brazil and spoke to the United Nations Earth Summit to speak the truth with such power and grace that she silenced the world. She called on grownups to follow the same rules we teach our children. She defined the role of the climate negotiators then and today her words ring truer than when she spoke them. Her speech has been heard by millions.
24 years later and we still don’t have all the answers. Maybe we can’t erase all the damage we’ve done to our planet since then but we can start to do our best now in 2013, and get our neighbors and our leaders to do their best with us.
“If you don’t know how to fix it, stop breaking it.” We can’t wait any longer to do everything we can to stop breaking it.
Here she is returning to Rio again in 2012. She explains from a new perspective why it is that she believes humanity will act to change our future.
And 20 years later she is returning to Rio again in 2012. She explains from a new perspective why it is that she believes humanity will act to change our future.