The Girl Who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes

Posted: May 26, 2013 in Wisdom
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Twenty years ago, a 12-year-old girl took the podium at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro and told a room full of world leaders that they were failing her.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki was only nine when she and her friends created the Environmental Children’s Organization, or ECO, a group dedicated to learning about and educating others on environmental issues. The speech she delivered just a few years later at the 1992 Earth Summit captured the world’s attention and would in many ways shape her life.

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