Severn Cullis-Suzuki was only a 12-year-old girl when she stood up for her future at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Her speech raised awareness to this very important issue from the perspective of a child, and she boldly told the adults in the room: “If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it”.
Her speech has, later on, became well known on the web as the “Girl Who Silenced The World For Five Minutes”. In Severn’s own words:
“Those five minutes speaking at the UN 20 years ago remains the most powerful action I have taken.”
Suzuki never stopped working to protect the youth future, she cycled over Canada to raise awareness about climate change, she is an active participant at the UN’s Earth Charter Commission, and two decades after her speech in the UN she has returned to Rio de Janeiro to once more remind people that we need to think about our children and preserve our environment for future generations.
On this second visit, she talked about the small changes achieved since 1992 and that we are nowhere close to ensure a sustainable lifestyle, and that we need to find a way to make connections between cause and effect, and make our actions reflect our words. Her dedication to our world is truly motivating and captivating, she has definitely captured my admiration. We need to remember that this planet is ours, and we should not wait for someone else to take care of it, it is time for us put our individual thinking at a side and do something to protect the only home we all have to live.