At Rio+20, Severn Cullis-Suzuki Revisits Historic ’92 Speech, Fights for Next Generation’s Survival

(video 1992 speech & 2012 interview) “the girl who silenced the world for six minutes” (United Nations Earth Summit 1992 & 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Hello. I’m Severn Suzuki, speaking for ECO, the Environmental Children’s Organization. We’re a group of 12- and 13-year-olds trying to make a difference—Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and …

“Your Governments Have Failed You”: Syrian-American Student Munira Sibai Calls For Climate Justice

(video) (United Nations COP18, Doha, Qatar, 2012 December 7) (speaking in Arabic, translated by Democracy Now) I stand before you, given two minutes to make the same call of action that has fallen upon deaf ears for too long. Over the past two weeks, we have seen not only complete absence of vision, but also …

“Are You Here to Save Face — or Save Us?”: Brittany Trilford, 17, Addresses World Leaders at Rio+20

(video) (2012 U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) My name is Brittany Trilford. I’m 17 years old. I’m a child. Today, in this moment, I’m all children, your children, the world’s three billion children. Think of me as half the world. I stand here with fire in my heart. I’m confused and angry …

Greta Thunberg speaking at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019

(official video) (New York, New York, USA, 2019 September 23) “My message is that we’ll be watching you.” “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!” “You have …