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The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes

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She addressed a UN Meeting on issue of environment.Born on November 30, 1979 in Vancouver, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of environmentalist David Suzuki, was the recipient of the Global 500 Award from the U.N.

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gail dair (0)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 12:31 am
noted ty

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Thursday September 9, 2010, 11:18 pm

Robert Champagne (10)
Friday September 10, 2010, 12:20 am
Many of the great people that spoke out during the '50's, '60's, and '70's have seemed to disappear. They have been silenced by the government / corporations machine or diluted by disarray / propaganda of enormous amounts. Young people of today know what ever they here or see is more than likely a lie. We have tough them to believe in nothing and demand everything because they are so deserving. They have convinced the majority that hippies are nothing more than stupid dirty amoral animals.

As I continue to say, if it were all about the children then why are the actions of adults to the contrary. People would much rather follow a line of bullshit than think for themselves. The entire problem is not with greedy people or corruption because this is allays among us, it is the willingness of the people to allow them complete control without any resistance. The American people gave up before the war even started and sold themselves and their children to the lowest bitter.

Norm C (74)
Friday September 10, 2010, 1:41 am
Go, girl! Why can most adults not speak so plainly and effectively?

Agnes W (141)
Friday September 10, 2010, 3:56 am

Past Member (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:03 am
Wish that some of my classmates could speak that well.

Andrea Dorazio (56)
Friday September 10, 2010, 8:48 am
What an inspirational young lady! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Eco! This girl is a hero whose words need to be heard by all.

Roxana J (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 12:27 pm
If only they would have listen then....

joan yielding (95)
Friday September 10, 2010, 1:13 pm

Valerie W (52)
Friday September 10, 2010, 1:17 pm
Read & noted, thanks! I remember hearing this girl speak, &, as a parent of a young teen daughter, I applaud & admire her!!This came from "the mouth of a babe", so to speak, sometimes it DOES take a child to get people to listen. I think this girl was very brave to get in front of all those people & stand up for something she believes in! Politics aside, parentage aside, those things do not matter, she was talking about her future as well as the future of ALL children, world wide!

Alim M (7)
Friday September 10, 2010, 1:18 pm
Hmm I'm more inclined to side with the youtube commenters than the comments here.

Once you understand that our media is controlled, that we only see what the powers that be want us to see, then you realize that if we are getting beaten over the head with the message that the world is in imminent danger of environmental disaster, there must be an ulterior motive that will further the agenda of the powers that be.

I'm not saying I don't think global warming or climate change or whatever is a problem, I'm saying that once we start getting blasted by the images in the media, it's time to be very careful and critical what you believe, what you support, what you sign, what you ask for. Because somewhere in the chaos, they will sneak through some piece of legislation that will erode freedoms, civil rights, etc. And anyone who tries to raise that flag will be shouted down as a non-environmentalist or whatever.

Jennifer M (78)
Friday September 10, 2010, 1:58 pm

Renata B (136)
Friday September 10, 2010, 1:59 pm
Thank you.

chris B (44)
Friday September 10, 2010, 2:18 pm
Amen to that young lady. Can we make sure the media gets this?

David S (2)
Friday September 10, 2010, 2:24 pm
This girl has every right to be angry. One could see she was having an effect on the audience, but I doubt if any of them will change their behavior. But maybe they will. It could be the beginning of a shift in consciousness that we need so much now.

The evil that is ruining this world is ubiquitous, ugly and obvious for all to see. Make no mistake, we are engaged in a pitched battle against evil forces, and they are within us all. Each one of us must identify this evil and cast it out of ourselves. The human experiment may well meet a tragic end, swallowed up in its own garbage, slaughtered in its warfare with itself.

I have held these sentiments for over 50 years and have been living in a way that shows respect and concern for others and for our natural world. People come here to my country place and say how they wish they could live like I do, then they go back to the city and resume their destructive lives. I am convinced that nothing will penetrate into most people's minds that will change their behavior without a major environmental catastrophe. Then it mayl be too little and too late. The children will have to suffer in a dying world.

Where are you going to spend your millions that you've inherited or managed to accumulate, rich people, when there is nothing left to buy, when even a breath of fresh air or an uncontaminated glass of water is impossible to find? What will you do when your beach cottage is on a shore piled high with plastic garbage, dead fish and sea birds? Perhaps it won't happen in your lifetime, but what will your children have to suffer as a result of your excesses and lack of consciousness?

We could have awakened many years ago and developed a conscience and consciousness as regards our fellow humans and our natural environment, but the majority chose to be irresponsible and self serving, and it is bringing us all to ruin.

I hope that young people will get it, and try to restore what has been lost. I've done my part to the best of my ability, and very little of what has happened can be laid at my door. At least I have that. What about you?

Lidia E F (8)
Friday September 10, 2010, 2:28 pm
I am blown away.She expresses herself so maturely and eloquently.She has a conscious and brains.!.Wow.I have no doubt she will be in politics 25 years from now.Will see interesting to see what she accomplishes than.

Trish K (93)
Friday September 10, 2010, 2:48 pm
Brava Severn Suzuki. You were exquisitely profound. Happy to watch this

Chiari L (2)
Friday September 10, 2010, 3:28 pm

Dan Scribner (4)
Friday September 10, 2010, 3:31 pm
I am both pleased and appalled re. this young lady's speech. I'm pleased as hell she made the speech and appalled it was necessary for her to do this. I expect her speech did absolutely nothing except to have her listeners shift uncomfortably in their seats. Many years ago my 5 year old son came to me crying with a picture of a naked starving boy, asking me, "what's WRONG with him?" I was forced to try to explain we adults ignored a lot of children in the world we could help, and apologized to him about the world he was inheriting. This I did with tears of pride for my child and with tears of sorrow for him. He has gone on to become a fierce environmentalist.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday September 10, 2010, 4:45 pm
Noted , thanks !!

Kate K (215)
Friday September 10, 2010, 4:50 pm
She may be "only a child" but she is a lot smarter than most adults. She spoke eloquently and honestly and i hope that her words reached the adults there.

Alicia V (181)
Friday September 10, 2010, 5:01 pm
And the song remains the same, no, not the same, much worse.
Severn Suzuki was so clear for her age, I'm glad she got it out of her system, at least, but, the evry day life in such concerns is frustrating and nowadays more. The rest we know...

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday September 10, 2010, 5:14 pm
Thanks Eco Warrior. 31 years later not much has changed!

Elisabeth T (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 5:17 pm
Very good , thank you...

Gloria H (88)
Friday September 10, 2010, 5:23 pm
I disagree with many of the You-tube comments. Does it matter who her father is? It is the message that counts. Absolutely right about the loss of environment, species disappearing daily- who can deny this? Someone stated her comments are communist...I see them as humanitarian.Would you chow down a donut at work in front of someone who had no breakfast and is hungry? No, I hope you would want to share it. Or, would you charge them a dollar for a bite plus interest?
We are taught to be fair as children, then something happens when we turn into adults to change us. I don't know the answer.

Christopher Gomez (29)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:00 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:16 pm
What a knowledgeable and so very caring young lady. If only we all were to live our lives as she hopes we could, if only we cared enough to even try and then to....keep on trying relentlessly. I see that young lady going on to always be on the side of everything in this world that matters, God Bless her and all our young children, we owe them all a life and a future!

Patricia A (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:21 pm
wow. beautiful. thank you eco warrior for bringing those words back to us and thank you ms suziki for creating them.

Ancil S (175)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:23 pm
Amazing! what an intelligent,young lady.She speaks so eloquently in her speech,more so than some adults.I commend her on such a wonderful speech.

Emily Dale (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:44 pm
Without a doubt that was the most inspirational speech I have ever heard in my 85 years. I have forwarded it far and wide in the hope that it will strike a spark in the hearts and minds of the recipients and perhaps ignite a conflagration that will spread worldwide. It is almost too late for real change to occur. Mammon is winning in the camps of those who are in control. My hope is that there are many of the same persuasion as Severn Suzuki who will lead us out of the morass. I may not live long enough to see it happen but I rejoice that there are such as she to show us the way.

Mary Ann Coute (1)
Friday September 10, 2010, 6:46 pm
This girl has sais everything that I feel. I was moved to tears by her speech to the U.N.. I truly hope that what she had to say will touch them enough to get them off their duffs,and moving toward a better future for us all.YOU ROCK MISS SUZUKI !!

Mark S (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 9:21 pm
She's a chip off the old block, that's for sure. I have the priviledge of seeing "Forces of Nature," a film about David Suzuki, at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow. He's a personal hero of mine and I can only hope that through this movie his words will inspire another generation like he inspired mine 20 years ago.

. (0)
Friday September 10, 2010, 9:26 pm
Absolutely Amazing and Well - Spoken! You think those people still remember what she said? I hope so.

Susan S (187)
Friday September 10, 2010, 9:34 pm
What a powerful and moving message. I cried tears of hope at her bravery and her capacity to challenge. What she spoke will have a deep impact on anyone who has ears to listen. Thank you.

Melanie Clark (13)
Friday September 10, 2010, 9:57 pm
Wow...very powerful. Almost made me cry. I hope that they listen to her because she is smarter than all of the politicians in the world.

Caroline Vimla (16)
Saturday September 11, 2010, 3:52 am
Next to Martin Luther King Jr's speech, 'I Have A Dream'...this is the best speech I have heard in this century :)

Marilyn K (50)
Saturday September 11, 2010, 5:58 am
This, lovely, beautiful, intelligent young woman said it all. Everyone who listened was evidently quite impressed but will they, one or collectively do anything about the obvious critique of the world that was set before them?

Jere W (9)
Saturday September 11, 2010, 6:43 am
Noted, thanks. Why do we talk to you like children? Because when we talk to like adults, you don't listen.

Linda W (32)
Saturday September 11, 2010, 7:05 am
Plain speaking so why don't we hear?

Jill Sheridan (5)
Saturday September 11, 2010, 7:35 am
Though the film ended moments after the conclusion of her remarks, I was disappointed that I did not see anyone on their feet giving her a standing ovation. Her remarks certainly deserved a heartier response than what I saw, which was polite applause. I would like to see a few moments more of the audience reaction at the end to see if anyone was as moved as I was.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 11, 2010, 7:21 pm
I say this all the time, "Our young people are going to save the world." Severn Cullis-Suzuki is one of them and there are thousands more out there if only they can be heard. After hearing Severen, I can say now, I have hope.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 12:16 am
Noted, thanks.

Christine Stewart (134)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 5:22 pm
You go, girl!

jane richmond (10)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:11 pm
If an adult had made this speech someone would have found fault with something she said. No one wants to bash a child so got the whole speech out. Everything she said is true. Too bad a child has to tell adults what they should be doing to protect the future of the planet. Hope the world takes her words to heart and preserves our precious planet.

Teresa B (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:12 pm
Powerful!!! I have faith in the generation to come... let's pray that it won't be too late or too much for them to fix.

Teresa B (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:16 pm
The paragraph indicates she was born on NOvember 30th, 1979. This would make her 30 years old. How old is this video and where is she now? I will have to "google" her.

EcoWorrier M (947)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 1:19 pm
Hi Teresa, please see my other posts and you may find her talking there as an adult and also a talk by her father. Thank you so much for your support of our precious planet.
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