This story talks about a child yangg named Severn Suzuki, a problem child at the age of 9 years has established the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO)
ECO it self is a small group of children who dedicate themselves to study and teach the child “the other on environmental issues.
And they are invited to attend the United Nations Environment Conference, at which time 12 year-old Severn gave a powerful speech which gave a major influence (and silenced) some prominent world leaders.
What’s delivered by a small child her age 12 years until he could make the UN MEETING ROOM silence, then finished his speech during a courtroom filled with prominent people who stood up and gave rousing applause to the child who was 12 years old.
This is the contents of the speech: (Source: The College Foundation)
Hello, My name Severn Suzuki speaking for ECO – Environmental Children’s Organization We are a group of Canada which consists of children aged 12 and 13 years, who tried to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan, Geister, Michelle Quiq and myself.
We raise funds to be able to come here as far as 6000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways today here as well. I have no hidden agenda. I want a future for myself only.
Losing the future is not the same as losing the general election or a loss in market share. I am here to speak for all generations to come.
I am here representing the starving children around the world
whose cries go unheard.
I am here to speak for the animals are dying countless across this planet because of loss of habitat. We should not not be heard.
I am afraid to be in the sun because
holes in ozone. I am afraid to breathe because I do not know what chemicals are carried by air.
I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear that animals and plants going extinct every day – vanishing forever.
In my life, I have a dream to see a large collection of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies. But now I do not know if these things are even still there to be seen by my children.
Do you all have to worry about these little problems when you are all still the same old serperti me now?
All this happened in front of us and yet we still
act as if we still have a lot of time and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I do not have all the solutions. But I want you to realize that you are all also the same as me!
You do not know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You do not know how you can restore the salmon fish into the river of origin. You do not know how to bring back an animal now extinct.
And you can not restore the forests as in the past in its place, which is now just a desert. If you do not know how to fix. Please stop destroying it!
Here you are your country delegations. Employers, the members, reporters or politicians – but in fact you are the father and mother, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts – and you all are children of a person.
I am only a child, but I know that we are all part of a large family, which consists of more than 5 billion, consisting of 30 million families and we all share the air, water and soil on the same planet – borders and governments will not change this.
I am only a child yet I know that we
all in this together and we should unite for the same purpose.
Although angry, but I’m not blind, and though scared, I do not hesitate to tell the world what I feel.
In my country, we make so much waste. We
buy something and then throw away, buy and then discard.
Although it remains only countries in the North will not be shared with those in need. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth, we are afraid to share.
In Canada we have a comfortable life, with clothing, food and shelter – we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.
Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we
spend time with children living on the streets. And one child told us: “I wish I was rich, and if I’m rich, I will give the street children food, clothing and medicine, shelter, love and affection”.
If a child on the streets and do not have any,
willing to share, why are we who have everything still
I can not stop thinking that these kids my own age, place of birth that you can make a tremendous difference, that I could be one of the children who live in Favellas in Rio, I could be a child famine in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.
I am only a child, but I know that if all the money spent on war is used to reduce levels of poverty and finding environmental answers, what a beautiful would this world.
At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to do good. You taught us not to fight with others, to seek a way out, clean up the mess we caused, to not hurt other creatures, to share and not be greedy.
Then why did you then do things that you taught us that not to do it?
Do not forget why you are attending this conference, why did you do this – we are children of you all. You sekalianlah who decides, what kind of world would we live.
Parents are supposed to provide comfort to her children by saying, “Everything will be fine, ‘we’re doing the best we can do and this is not the end of everything.”
But I do not feel that you can say that
to us again. Are we even on the list of priorities? My dad always says, “You will always be remembered for his deeds, not by your words.”
So, what you do makes me cry at night. You adults say you love us. I challenge you, try to realize those words.
So and thank you for your attention.