10 August 2010

18 years ago... (A Timeless Speech was made)

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,
in the expert’s mind there are few.”
Shunryu Suzuki

“The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 2-14, 1992”

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, now in her early 30's, started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO) when she was only 9-years-old. ECO was a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. In 1992 Cullis-Suzuki and three Vancouver schoolmates raised their own money to attended the UN's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. A then 12-year-old Severn closed a Plenary Session with an amazing speech that received a standing ovation.


original video here


“When you are little, it's not hard to believe you can change the world. I remember my enthusiasm when, at the age of 12, I addressed the delegates at the Rio Earth Summit. “I am only a child,” I told them. “Yet I know that if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this would be. In school you teach us not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? You grownups say you love us, but I challenge you, please, to make your actions reflect your words.”

I spoke for six minutes and received a standing ovation. Some of the delegates even cried. I thought that maybe I had reached some of them, that my speech might actually spur action. Now, a decade from Rio, after I've sat through many more conferences, I'm not sure what has been accomplished. My confidence in the people in power and in the power of an individual's voice to reach them has been deeply shaken. (...)

(...) But in the 10 years since Rio, I have learned that addressing our leaders is not enough. As Gandhi said many years ago, “We must become the change we want to see.”

I know change is possible, because I am changing, still figuring out what I think. I am still deciding how to live my life. The challenges are great, but if we accept individual responsibility and make sustainable choices, we will rise to the challenges, and we will become part of the positive tide of change.”

Cullis-Suzuki, 2002 in TIME magazine

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born November 30, 1979 in Vancouver, Canada) is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. Born to writer Tara Elizabeth Cullis and geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, she has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility.

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13 comments:

  1. Obrigada!

    "Severn Cullis-Suzuki, now in her early 30's, started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO) when she was only 9-years-old."

    E os Mcs lembraram-se " disso" apenas quando quiseram fazer dinheiro e fingir que são " boa gente"?

    Há Pessoas com QUALIDADE e seres completamente desqualificados.

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  2. Ou seja, há Pessoas que desde Crianças são e estão despertas para os problemas do Mundo.

    Sejam eles relacionados com o ambiente ou / E com as Pessoas e todos os seres vivos. Gente linda e preocupada com os OUTROS.


    Os mcs preocupam-se de modo alargado mas apenas com eles próprios. Isto porque vi no interceder.net ,o help find my child agora em versão Uk ( é positivo, sem dúvida) mas onde o apelido daqueles seres desqualificados aparece.

    ( http://mccannexposure.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/help-find-my-child-launches-uk-site/)

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  3. A memorable speech straight from the heart.

    What a pity world leaders don't take it on board. Why don't they? Money and power is the answer of course!!

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  4. People should stop slaughtering Wasps, for a start.

    Who needs Wasps, you might ask. We do.

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  5. What an angel! World leaders are locked up in negotiations with industrialists. The first are looking for prominence (usually), the latter (most) egomaniacs after a fat profit. The guise is: to better society and provide jobs - a living for "da people". Take BP as an example. Consider the "oil wars". It is complicated.

    True, if each one of us could simplify our ways and go "back to basics" (hello!) the problem would solve itself but the inertia to change is immense. The vicious circle is never ending. How many of us reading this are cycling rather than driving a car?
    How many are recycling instead of ditching?
    How many are farming rather than using a chain supermarket?

    8-} Only asking...

    ac

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  6. I applaud Severn Cullis Suzuki and hope we can change the world and make it a harmonious place to live.

    But 'the World' has also to accept that:

    We should STOP CUTTING DOWN TREES or there wont be 'a World' - let alone an atmosphere to breathe in.

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  7. read and weep

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6241652.ece
    isar

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  8. Ha os que nascem sob o signo missionario de servirem outros e ha os que nascem sob a sombra mercenaria de se servirem dos outros.
    Como e grande a sombra dos Mccann. Nela cabe toda a familia e mais uns quantos vampiros sem escrupulos.

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  9. 7 Isar

    I have read your link to the article in The Times.

    This is terrible - they are treating Lenny Harper in a similar way as Goncalo Amaral (although the McCann case is of a different nature) - it seems as though as soon as any investigation gets close to exposing these sorts of crimes they are summarily dismissed and their work/investigation is called into question. But the question is - who are these people who have so much power that they can draw a shawl of secrecy over the investigation so that no action or records remain to expose the truth. How long can this sort of manipulation go on and why is it going on.

    When are people going to know the truth - whatever 'colour' it is.

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  10. isar Isn't the Times UK Newspaper owned by News Corporation? And isn't the News Corporation owned by Murdoch? Isn't the Sun also owned by Murdoch? Does the concept of "misrepresentation ergo dubito spins" mean anything to you?

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  11. Your post is really wonderful..thanks for posting...your post is very informative

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  12. Joana..as you quite rightly say: all these 'organs' are owned by Murdoch sen. and now managed by Murdoch jun.-to the best of my knowledge

    hasten to add so is Sky and therefore Martin Brunt

    I cannot connect the dots..so please help me out here

    not another conspiracy/agenda, surely ?

    isar

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  13. oh, Joana,

    I trade you one Latin card for another

    Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum

    LOL..this could go on all night

    isar

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