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The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes

Severn Cullis-Suzuki gave the speech at the UN Earth Summit of 1992, when she was only 12 years old (almost 18 years ago). ECO raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Severn Cullis-Suzuki personally wrote the entire speech (below) Hello, Im Severn Suzuki speaking for ECO - The Environmental Childrens Organisation. We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds trying to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We raised all the money ourselves to come five thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming 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 stock market. 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. I am afraid to breathe the air because I dont know what chemicals are in it. And now we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day — vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age? All ...

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