Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Girl Who Silenced the World

I came across this video of a 12-year-old speaking at the UN Earth Summit. It is pretty powerful, and I thought I'd share it with you. Here is a description from KarmaTube, which is kind of like YouTube but with videos of social and environmental change.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Severn Suzuki has been working on environmental and social justice issues since kindergarten. At age 9, she and some friends started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They traveled to 1992's UN Earth Summit, where 12 year-old Severn gave this powerful speech that deeply affected (and silenced) some of the most prominent world leaders. The speech had such an impact that she has become a frequent invitee to many UN conferences.

I am noticing that some computers will not play this video. . . There is nothing wrong with the link. I think it has something to do with whether java is enabled or possibly what version of Adobe Flash Player you have. . . I hope it works for you all.

1 comment:

Caye Harrison said...

What a powerful speech and such grown up ideas from a 12 year old. We should all live our lives like we can do something to help save our environment, animals, and fellow humans because we can. Thank you Jessie for posting this and reminding me.