We found an amazing video on Youtube a few weeks ago.
In all honesty we’re surprised we’ve never seen it before.
Why it hasn’t come up on our friend’s Facebook page posts or why over the past 20 years we’ve never seen it grace the screen of our television sets.
The video is titled “The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes” and is the filming of a speech made in 1992 by then-12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki as she addressed the United Nations and a room full of adults at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
She is the daughter of famous geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki and in 1999 she founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO).
On this occasion she and her three accompanying friends had self-funded their trip from Canada to make a speech to the international community and country representatives.
Speaking directly and authoritatively she confidently pronounced she had come “to speak for all generations to come” as a girl “fighting for her future”.
She spoke “on behalf of” the world’s starving children and dying animals. She told of her fears about the world’s suffering eco systems and devastating changes to the environment and then she added: