Wondering what Severn Suzuki thinks now…

Organic Energy has been spreading the renewable word in recent weeks everywhere from primary schools to higher education centres.

Image of the EarthMD Andy Boroughs has been talking with the next generation – knowing that it will be these young people who will have to consume less and conserve more in the decades to come.

We hope the passion of youngsters to protect their environment stays with them always. Which left us wondering what Severn Suzuki’s views are now (you can watch her original speech here)?

Severn Suzuki was the 12 year old girl who travelled to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to tell adults they were standing by and doing nothing as the world’s environmental issues became worse.

This is what she said when she addressed the summit:

“We’re a group of 12 and 13-year-olds trying to make a difference … We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves, to come 5,000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stockmarket. I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet, because they have nowhere left to go. I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in the ozone …

Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes, yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I am only a child and don’t have all the solutions. I want you to realise, neither do you… If you don’t know how to fix it, please, stop breaking it.”

In 2012, there will be another ‘Severn’ invited to Rio to represent the views of children and what a sustainable future looks like to them. A competition will see videos created by young people from across the globe, the best will be judged by a panel with includes Leonardo DiCaprio and the UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. The winner will have their video shown at Rio+20 http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html and be flown out to the event.

Twenty years on from Severn’s rallying call, today’s young people are also the YouTube generation. There will be no chance for one child to stand and speak, with the simplicity and honesty of youth which cuts through the rhetoric. We hope the winning video achieves the same standing ovation as Severn’s speech.

And we’d still love to hear whether Severn thinks the world leaders and delegates she was addressing stopped breaking it, even if they can’t quite fix it yet?


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