She says her perspective may have shifted, but her message remains the same. A video of it has been viewed more than 18 million times online, but ask her now, at the age of 32, if she was successful, the answer isn't easy. In his remarks, President Obama said his administration has authorized enough gas pipelines to encircle the earth. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. Their aim was to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions would ultimately affect. I think now 20 years later is a good time to ask 'have we been successful in changing the world to become more sustainable? The estimates that 40% of all organisms on the planet are now facing the risk of extinction. All this is happening before our eyes, and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions.
And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct every day- vanishing forever. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words. 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 of they will even exist for my children to see. In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel.
Instead, he sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. 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. You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct. Do you feel that there has been real progress now at this summit, Severn? You grown-ups say you love us. How did you end up addressing world leaders? Are we even on your list of priorities? I was on a panel the other day with a minister from New Caledonia, a small island nation.
You teach us: not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect elders, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share- not be greedy. 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. Are we even on your list of priorities? Before Fame: Before fame, she attended Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 at the age of 12. Twenty years later, the world is still talking about a speech, a six-minute speech that a 12-year-old gave to world leaders. At just 12 years old, Cullis-Suzuki was propelled onto the world stage, and became known as an environmental activist to watch.
For more information, contact her on. So she's headed back to Brazil this year for the Rio+20 Summit. I believe we have a crisis in governance. I am afraid to go out in the sun now, because of the holes in our ozone. I mean, that report, released on the eve of this world summit, is clear that we have not achieved the sustainable world we knew we needed 20 years ago. Since then, Severn has gone on to speak to audiences around the world about the necessity of redefining our values and acting with the future in mind when it comes to environmental sustainability.
You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in. We have revolution just boiling up all over the planet. We welcome you to Democracy Now! At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. 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. Al Gore told her she made the best speech at the summit. Cullis-Suzuki's 1992 speech Tens of thousands of participants from governments, corporations and environmental groups came to talk about a sustainable future.
You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad, until just a few years ago, we found the fish full of cancers. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? I am fighting for my future. If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it! 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. I think that this is indicative of what is happening in our world at large. And you can't bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever.
We cannot afford to be not heard. We raised all the money to come here five thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. The reality is many things haven't changed since Cullis-Suzuki first spoke at Earth Summit, but she admits some things are different now. I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, and finding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. And finally, we heard about the Earth Summit, after a few years of this, and decided we wanted to go.