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The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes


The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born November 30, 1979 in Vancouver, Canada) is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. Born to writer Tara Elizabeth Cullis and geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, she has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility.

Cullis-Suzuki was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at the age of nine, she founded the Environmental Children's Organization, a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. In 1992, at the age of 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates. In 1993, she was honoured in the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 Roll of Honour. In 1993, Doubleday published her book Tell the World (ISBN 0-385-25422-9), a 32-page book of environmental steps for families.

Cullis-Suzuki graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a B.Sc. in ecology and evolutionary biology. After Yale, Cullis-Suzuki spent two years traveling. Cullis-Suzuki co-hosted Suzuki's Nature Quest, a children's television series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2002.

In early 2002, she helped launch an Internet-based think tank called The Skyfish Project. As a member of Kofi Annan's Special Advisory Panel, she and members of the Skyfish Project brought their first project, a pledge called the "Recognition of Responsibility", to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002. The Skyfish Project disbanded in 2004 as Cullis-Suzuki turned her focus back to school and enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Victoria to study ethnobotany under Nancy Turner.

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  • Wolfbane7272#

    Wolfbane7272 July 23, 2009 6:37:13 AM CEST

    i disagree i think she was provoking them to think about their actions .. i think she knows they will politely sit there and listen and leave and continue on their way until its too late. i dont think she is that naive

  • Mudittrivedi#

    Mudittrivedi June 3, 2009 6:10:16 AM CEST

    I agree to it. Its speechless and also should be promoted.

  • Dmtshaman#

    Dmtshaman May 24, 2009 4:57:58 PM CEST

    Just goes to show us that we all have the inner wisdom and power to change how the world thinks...we just CHOOSE not to use this energy...

  • Astrosmurf#

    Astrosmurf May 24, 2009 4:36:18 PM CEST

    What an incredible girl. The thing I am must stunned about, why not every TV station in the world has showed this(?) I am speechless, this should be headlines on every major news magazine. But why haven't I've seen this, until now?(!) This is clearly and a proven fact, that the media is controlled by people, who does not want change! I hope I am wrong...

  • Izzywizzy#

    Izzywizzy May 7, 2009 8:23:47 PM CEST

    the real reason the world is like the way it is, is because it is controlled by secret societies who are hell bent on wealth greed & total control. fortunately their are very good people in the world who are exposing these people like the rockerfellers & the rothschild families plus many more. one day in the very near future it is going to end. i am sure of this & mother earth & all her people & all life forms will return back to the paradise it once was.

  • Thyreturner#

    Thyreturner April 21, 2009 8:08:43 PM CEST

    This child truly doesn't understand that those very same people that say they will do this and that...are part of the problem too. Its those people who allow the stronger wealthier and powerful to take control; so why are they complaining when they said, "Yes, you are allowed to take control over my life and family. I also allow you to give security in my life too." It takes two types of people to allow a system of control to exist and 1 is the shepards and 2 is the sheep. Obviously, before its was the sheep who ruled that its part of the shepards survival that allowed life, but now things are vice versa. That girl has more crying nights to come by.

  • Clawspiracy#

    Clawspiracy April 15, 2009 11:00:07 AM CEST

    I wish there was a way I could give you 10 stars for this post. I am awed and moved by what this young girl has accomplished. I wish we can all follow her lead and leave her a better world... GREAT POST!!!

  • Kishoresanti#

    Kishoresanti March 8, 2009 12:05:34 PM CET

    hey it's one of the best videos i had ever watched I agree with severn cullis, people are spending on war and to fight with neighbouring countries when they dont have food to eat, message to be taken by everyone in the world that could make the difference ....cheers to the girl

  • Ohiowiccan#

    Ohiowiccan March 3, 2009 6:14:44 AM CET

    This is absolutely amazing... never before in my wildest dreams would i see someone my childs age go up in front of the UN and say the things that were said.. I think we should all really think.. if a child can go out and say that.. why are we not doing the same thing.. Start demanding change. this young lady is an inspiration to us all.. we should follow her lead. Love and Light to all!!!!

  • Michelle25#

    Michelle25 March 1, 2009 9:30:34 AM CET

    She is on her way to the presidency whatever country she is born to,what an amazing voice from such a small person.You have the gift of reason and the passion for the poor you are wise in what you say and yes dear this earth has alot to learn from the older generation,but in this lifetime this will not happenits already come to be this planet and the way it works with the people in it. you know without that powerful force that come from these International Summits,we are a nation with emptiness and dispair ,i see what you see feel what you feel,we only can but support and encourage change,it wont happen overnight but with the support of your passion and love for the people in this World,we will become a better peoplethank-you for giving us the people an insight of dramatic change ,please keep up the good work

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