Hello, I’m Severn Suzuki, speaking for ECO,a environmental for children’s organization.
We are a group of twelve or thirteen years old who try to things difference. The Venessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We arise all the money to come here ourselves to come 5 thousand miles to tell you adults. You must to change the ways. Come up there today, I have no hidden agenda. I’m fighting for my future.
Losing my future is not like losing the election or a few points on the stock market. I’m here to speak for all the generations to come.
I’m here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
I’m here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
I am afraid to go under the sun now because there is a hole of the ozone. I’m afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it.
I used to fish in Vancouver my home with my dad and just few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. Andnow we hear animals and plants going extinct every day ---vanishing forever.
In my life, I’m dream of seeing the great herd of wild animals , the jungle and rain forests full of birds and butterflies but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.
Did you have the worry about a little things when you were my age?
All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have the solutions but I want you realize neither do you.
We don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer? You don’t know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream? You don’t know how to bring back the animal now extinctions and you can’t bring back forrests that once grew where there is now the desert. If you don’t know how to fix this, please stop breaking it!
Here, you may be delegate of your government,business people, organizers and reporters, politician but really you are mothers and fathers sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and all of you are somebody child.
I’m only a child yet I know we are all part of a family.5 billions strong, and fact 30 millions species strong. And Borders and governments go never change the fact.
I’m only a child yet I know I we are all in there together and should act as one single world to towards one single goal.
In my anger, I am not blind. And in my fear, I’m not afraid to tell the world how I feel.
In my country, we make so much waste. We buy and we throw away, we buy and throw away. And yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even we needy have more than enough. We are afraid to share, we are afraid to let go some of our wealth.
In Canada, we live the privileged life. We have plenty of food, waters and shelters, we have watches, bicycles,computers and television sets.
I tlooks go on two days. Two days ago, here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent time with some children living on the streets. This is one of child toldus ‘I wish I was rich, and if I were, I would give all the these street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection.’
Ifchild on the streets who has nothing is willing to share, why all we have everything still so greedy?
I can’t stop thinking that these children my own age. That it make the tremendous difference where we are born. That I could one of those children living on the Favellas of Rio, I could be a child starving in the Somali or a victim of the war in theMiddle East or a beggar in India.
I am only a child yet I know if those money spend on the war was spend on finding ending poverty and finding environmental answers, What a wonderful place the earth will be!
At school even in kindergarten, you teach us how to pay deal with others, you teach us not to 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.
Then why you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why you are attending these conference. Who are you doing for, we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of the world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying‘ everything’s going to be alright, it is not the end of the world, and I will doing the best we can.’
But I don’t think can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list priorities? My dad always says ‘you will what to do not what to say’ Well, what you do make me cry at night. You grown up say you love us, but I challenge you. Please make your actions reflect words, thank you!