Guaranteed to give you Goosebumps…
A born activist, Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been active in environmental and social justice work before most of us could do long division…
At just nine years old, she started the Environmental Children's Organization with her friends. “ECO” was committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues, At the age of 12 she delivered her world famous speech (posted above) at the closing plenary session of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, for this, she received the 1993 UN Environment Program's Global 500 Award.
Severn has continued to inspire the hearts, minds and actions of people around the world and has given numerous speeches to schools, corporations, conferences and international meetings. From hosting a children's TV series called Suzuki's Naturequest to co-editing the book Notes from Canada's Young Activists,Severn uses various methods to get her message of action over words, out to the world.
She is a Yale graduate (‘02) and recently completed an MSc in ethnobotany from the University of Victoria studying with Kwakwaka’wakw elders, and now studying the Haida language in her home, Haida Gwaii. Currently she is the host of APTN’s Samaqan: Water Stories, and she sits on the board of directors for the David Suzuki Foundation, BC's Citizen's Conservation Council on Climate Change, and the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society.
To this day, her speech at the Rio Earth Summit at 12 years old is still shocking, silencing, revitalizing and inspiring young people and adults alike as she continues to work in environmental activism and makes strides towards a better tomorrow for future generations.
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