Thursday, November 12, 2009

Severn Suzuki

A friend posted this video on her Facebook page today. It is one of those things that, once I see it, I wonder how it is possible that I haven't already seen it before. Here is a quote from Severn Suzuki's biography on

Cullis-Suzuki was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada.[1] Her father is a second-generation Japanese Canadian.[2] While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at the age of nine, she founded the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues.[3] In 1992, at the age of 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates.[4][5] The video has since become a sort of viral hit, popularly known as "The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes". In 1993, she was honored in the United Nations Environment Program's Global 500 Roll of Honor.[6] In 1993, Doubleday published her book Tell the World (ISBN 0-385-25422-9), a 32-page book of environmental steps for families.

Watch the video.

Her message, delivered in 1992, can never be spoken too often or loudly enough.

What has happened to Severn Suzuki since this speech in Rio?
Watch this more recent speech to find out: