I think that this is indicative of what is happening in our world at large. And borders and governments will never change that. The list could go on for two days. And that is what I am interested in talking about, is this crisis in democracy that we have in promoting what the people actually want and what actually will carry us forward into the future with dignity. Even when we have more than enough we are afraid to share; we are afraid to let go of some of our wealth. Then, why do you go out and do -- do the things you tell us not to do? At school even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in.
In the United States, it is not a common discussion in any way. We are a group of twelve- and thirteen-year olds trying to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. At just 12 years old, Cullis-Suzuki was propelled onto the world stage, and became known as an environmental activist to watch. I mean, I remember in March seeing on the news reports about the hurricanes, the crazy storms that were hitting a huge portion of the continental U. I used to go in—I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my dad, until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers.
And how we started was, well, we needed to educate ourselves. Do you feel that there has been real progress now at this summit, Severn? And a geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, a third-generation Japanese Canadian. Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? In 2000, Severn cycled across Canada in a campaign to raise awareness about climate change and air pollution. Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. It is because the world is hungry to hear the truth, and it is nowhere articulated as well as from the mouths of those with everything at stake, which is youth. Coming up here today, I have no hidden agendas. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
Instead, he sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Talk about the significance of this project and the role of activists in stopping it. In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel. Cullis-Suzuki is the daughter of environmental guru David Suzuki, but she has become an activist and environmentalist in her own right. And if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter, and love and affection.
And we are seeing, from the lack of interest in this global summit from our world leaders, and in the inability to decide—to decide on anything, on saying anything, that this system is broken, it does not work. In -- In my anger, I'm not blind; and in my fear, I'm not afraid of telling the world how I feel. Just two months after President rejected the project after large protests by environmental groups, he announced his support for TransCanada to build a southern leg of the pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas. She spoke of deforestation, chemicals in the air, the waste and greed in our society, and the wanton destruction of animal and plant species that can never be brought back to life again. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
Are we even on your list of priorities? In his remarks, President Obama said his administration has authorized enough gas pipelines to encircle the earth. Earth Summit that took place in Rio de Janeiro. And yet, northern countries will not share with the needy. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. You teach us to not fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share, not be greedy. So we wanted to go as the conscience - as a reminder to those decision makers, who their decisions would truly affect.
At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. When I think of 20 years ago, Canada was really seen as an environmental leader back then and now we are seen as the opposite: an environmental obstruction. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers ending poverty and in finding treaties, what a wonderful place this Earth would be. In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. As we wrap up, Severn, can you talk about the effects of climate change? I am fighting for my future. We have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets. I refuse to concede the argument to the skeptics who see the U.
This was a speech delivered at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 by twelve-year old Severn Suzuki of Canada. Born in November 30, 1979, Sever Suzuki Severn Cullis-Suzuki is a Canadian environmental activist, speaker, television host and author who has spoken around the world about environmental issues. Can you talk about what has happened in the intervening 20 years? I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rain forests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. And this is the key. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? In 2001, along with others, she developed The Skyfish Project, a youth think-tank that presented at the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.
I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. Today, 17 years later, nothing much has changed, some problems are even more acute than they were two decades ago. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw and away. Yet, more than 130 world leaders are there. You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct.