Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Girl Who Spoke for the World

At the age of twelve, environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki gave an urgent, wise and resonant speech at the UN Earth Summit. The year was 1992 and today, her words still stand beside my deepest wish for this planet, its varied life forms and its human children. The video below has been given the popular title, "The Girl Who Silenced the World..." but I think Severn did the exact opposite. She spoke for the World - for all of us who feel and fear the political neglect and corporate greed that threaten our collective survival, well-being and evolution. As the earth quakes and the glaciers melt and the levees break and the oil spills kill, my eyes water watching this...

"If you don't 
know how 
to fix it
please stop 
breaking it."

Oh, yes. I have memorized this poem.

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