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March 24, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

Humanity in Focus recently featured “The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes“:

This was 16 years ago, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Summit, Earth Summit (or, in Portuguese, Eco ’92), a major conference held in Rio de Janeiro from June 3 to June 14, 1992. the UN international Environmental Conference.

Did anybody listen?

(hat tip: technology health and development)

This is a great speech by Severn Suzuki to the United Nations. More recently she wrote a book called “Notes from Canadian Young Activists: A Generation Stands Up For Change” and spoke out on the issues of responsibility and social change in an interview with the Tyee in Canada:

There are … so many amazing things happening right now…..

I’ve met a couple of people lately who have a very interesting attitude. They [said], “How lucky are we? How exciting is this time? How lucky are we to be alive when the forces of good and evil are just so clear, when we’re undergoing such a massive time of shift and when our actions really, really matter, for good or for bad?”

This is a really unique period in history and it’s a time when an individual can have more impact than ever before in our human history because of the Internet, because of communication, because of how easily we can travel. … We really have to realize how empowered we can be, how much we actually matter.


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  1. anagomezgarcia / Mar 3 2010 7:54 pm

    Does anybody out there have the scriptof the speech of the girl who silenced the wotrld for five minutes? My email is :

  2. Laltlanhlua Zathang / Sep 13 2010 8:52 am

    I listen, listen and listen, and whenever I listen my heart stops for such incredible speech.

  3. N / Jun 17 2012 11:41 am

    I watched it too, and I agree with her–I’m 13 years old, and I understand how she feels because I feel the same way; especially when she said, “You all don’t have all the answers to everything, so stop messing things up.” And that is so true; some people act like they’re the smartest people in the world, like they know it all, like all the problems in the world are going to be solved by their “brilliant” knowledge; and in reality they don’t know as much as they think they do.


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