- Politics and Social Issues
The Girl Who Silenced The World.
If Only They Had Listened
Her name is Serern Cullis- Suzuki, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. At the time of the taping of the video, she had been camping and hiking all her life. When she was 9 years old she started the Environmental Children's Organization ( ECO ). It is a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other children about environmental issues.
In 1993 they had raised enough money to be able to go the the U.N.'s Earth Summit. They wanted to remind decision makers of the nations, that their actions or inactions would effect the planet.
This 12 year old girl gave an amazing speech and received an a standing ovation.
The only problem is, that she gave the world a speech that silenced it's leaders for 5 minutes. But, then they stopped listening.
The political leaders in the U.N. are powerful men. Many of them are rich. They are not like the people this young girl was talking about. While they were listening to her, they did seem to care, but the next day phones rang, smile for pictures, make deals, shake hands...etc. Her words faded away. But, starving children did not. They just died. Today there are more starving children who are going to die, because no one will help them. Sudan is an example. The leader of Sudan is killing the people who live in his own country!
If only anyone had listened to this 12 year old girl, who spoke to the U.N. 19 years ago.
Maybe the world could have been a better place, if only.