Monday, 27 October 2008

"I am here to speak for all generations to come": Severn Cullis-Suzuki (avec sous-titres français)

Here is the famous video of her speech to the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. She was then 13 years old. Voici le texte au complet en français.

She founded ECO, a children's environmental organization, later hosted an environmental television series and promoted the Earth Charter, and was a keynoter at the UN Johannesburg 2002 summit, She has published numerous articles such as “The young can't wait” (Time Aug 2002) In Japan, she produced a book The Day You Will Change the World (with Gakuyo Shobo) and a documentary Spaceship Earth. Sev has completed a BSc in Biology at Yale and a Master’s degree in Ethnobotany at the University of Victoria, and is now a featured environmental speaker, as well as a hero to teenagers (e.g. in the blog Lifeprints).

Books: She wrote Tell the World (Toronto: Doubleday, 1993 ISBN: 0385254229), and appears in Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature (a 2005 CD), She Should Talk: conversations with exceptional young women about life, dreams & success by Erica Ehm (Toronto : HarperCollins, 1994, ISBN: 0006380557); Exceptional Women Environmentalists by Frances Rooney ( Toronto: Second Story, 2007, ISBN: 9781897187227) and Notes from Canada's Young Activists: A Generation Stands Up for Change (Vancouver: Greystone, 2007. ISBN: 9781553652373). Others of her videos and publications may be in your local library.

Sev as a young woman today: photo by David Strongman.

See her biography in Wikipedia, Top 20 under 20 (ca 2005), and Speakers Spotlight. A recent amateur video of her in London ON (part 1, part 2). Her 2006 article on Canadian rights and liberties. Bioneers CDs of other environmentalist speakers: podcasts and plenaries/mp3s.

Article de Sev Cullis-Suzuki sur les droits et libertés au Canada, 2006.

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