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The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes


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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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  • Theblackdouglas#

    Theblackdouglas February 7, 2009 6:19:27 PM CET

    as everyone said - great video , and one hell of a girl"!if only we had young speakers from every country in the world then the whole populace would listen and the governments would in the end b forced too also.unfortunatly i had never heard of or seen this before ... untill now"!"NO SURPRISE THERE"!praise be for the internet"!and once again ty for the clip"

  • Bink02#

    Bink02 January 24, 2009 5:00:22 AM CET

    Brought a tear to me eye too. excellent !!! I'd like to put it on dvd and have my son show it at school assembly ...5 stars here! Good job!

  • Rynocious#

    Rynocious January 21, 2009 8:29:18 AM CET

    BRAVO

  • Ectrev#

    Ectrev January 15, 2009 9:58:01 PM CET

    10 stars for this amazing girl, i'm speechless and in tears. father of 5 at 43yrs young. TOTALLY agree with Mastive72.

  • anonymous#

    anonymous January 5, 2009 2:48:25 PM CET

    Speechless.5 Stars.

  • Mastive72#

    Mastive72 January 5, 2009 7:34:01 AM CET

    This is the best video I\'ve seen on this site. Why? Because it\'s shows a child, who is at the age where she is seeing things a way that many her age do not. She is telling us that we are hypocrits, and she\'s right....!! We allow our xtremely petty differences to divide us, yet we tell our own kids to behave, and not fight, or show bias toward another, but to work together to get their goals accomplished. It was not long ago we were all that age..Our forefathers did us the same injustice we are doing her and our own. We act like war is to be expected, because that is what we know growing up, and we have all become indifference to this fact. If we could take and go back and change this way we are today by applying what she has said here, I think we would have a better world today. So what now??? What can I do? We ask ourselves. The solution is simple as when your mother would make you eat your vegetables. She would say say \"do it because they are good for you, and because I said so\". So it\'s not what we can do. I think we know the answer to that. WAKE UP for one, and two, stop the indifference and change the way you do things as an individual 1st. When you do this people will notice, and the hope is they will do this as well. We need to resist our gov.. and banking systems as we know them today. If we can hold off on getting that new car, yes it would hurt the auto industry, but in the long run it would force them to change their way of building the cars they do..We may see a zero point energy or water car mass produced... If we all cut back and let this economy implode, That is where we will hurt those in power. We wage a war against our own economy and shady business practices, not by force physically, but through a nationwide and world wide boycott of all those extras in life that we do not absolutely need. If we don\'t spend so much money, although we suffer to a degree, the overall suffering will be the banks of the world. I see it like a hostage situation..When someone is held hostage, the person holding the gun makes the demands, and the authorities have to listen to a degree. They will give into most of the demands the gunman wants. The other thing that happens in a hostage situation is e-1 stops what they are doing to listen to you. I am not saying be violent and take a person hostage of course, but If we take their money hostage, and keep cutting back worldwide, the markets will be forced to think of way to profitable again. This is where we makes our demands to our gov\'s and banking systems of the world, and let them know that until our demands for real change that is focussed on all humanity and not just a few, and that this change needs to occur worldwide, then we will make our mark on history. People have cut back already. Limit e-thing you buy, to that which is necessary to survive. You make think that this is the wrong way to go about this, because it will implode our economy....That\'s the point...If we do that and take the banking industry and other industries hostage by not buying their products, They will be forced to listen to the people who want change not only for themselves, but for a new humanity. The end result would be that the countries of the world would have to listen to all of us who want peace and the reallocation of money to what is more important, and that is our environment, and our Earth not all thes f-ing wars. They are destroying our own habitat and know it.. So get off your couches and limit or even throw out your tv\'s and video games etcc...and make a statement to the world that the need for change is demanded, and that change must meet the needs of all the people and the Earth. May God Bless this miserable planet somehow. BTW This is my prayer every nite spoken or not... When we show that we are not going for the gov\'s and big business\'s hype anymore, that is when we will regain a humanitarian control over our children\'s destiny. It starts with each and every single person reading this now. Do this people, why? Because it\'s good for and I said so!!!!

  • Eaganthorn#

    Eaganthorn January 4, 2009 5:53:35 PM CET

    she made the big guy cry!

  • Xxstircrazyxx#

    Xxstircrazyxx January 4, 2009 4:54:43 PM CET

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severn_Cullis-SuzukiThis Is The Girl In Question

  • Drjak#

    Drjak January 4, 2009 3:46:13 PM CET

    well done!

  • Alifos#

    Alifos January 3, 2009 9:02:53 AM CET

    The world need A Peace\" no war\" stop war\" GIVE PEACE A CHANCE NEW WORLD"



 
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