An impassioned plea to save the environment from a 12-year-old


Severn Cullis-Suzuki, then 12, addresses the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro in 1992:

To all those greedy and wasteful people (and their corporations) who are destroying the environment, think of your children and your families and what kind of world you will leave behind for them.

Who is she? According to Wikipedia:

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born 1979) is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. Born to writer Tara Elizabeth Cullis and Canadian geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, Cullis-Suzuki received a B.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University in 2002. 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.

In 1992, at the age of 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, the Environmental Childrens Organization (a group she founded) to attend the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Severn presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the Summit, where she received a standing ovation for a speech to the delegates. The group also addressed delegates at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

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21 Apr 2008 10.49am

… bring along a kid from the native reserves and housing ghettos and turn him/her into a poster child perhaps?

The GIRL has brains, heart, vision and courage — certainly, more than the idiots in Penang who only want development for their own pockets — they are too stupid/ignorant to realise that their very own children and future generations will suffer because of their very actions today.

21 Apr 2008 12.20am

Nicely prepared speech. One more kid born with a silver plate in her hand. Will be a poster child for a few more years for ECO and others of their ilk. My curiosity is, why can’t they bring along a kid from the many native reserves and housing ghettos there is in Canada to such events??

Alan Foo
20 Apr 2008 11.41pm


Great message.

Pls all join us too to save Mother Earth.

We are finalist to the Stockholm Challenge 2008 and have embarked on an all time huge global project to have 100 million children be eco friendly/….

Join us.
Alan Foo