In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held to talk about environmental issues around the world. Severn Suzuki, a twelve year old Canadian at the time (Now a well known 32 year old humanitarian and environmental activist) spoke at this conference, in front of the entire UN. The video below is her speech.
This year, the UN came back to Rio to have an Earth Summit+20 conference on Sustainable Development on 20-22 June 2012. This year, one of my fellow New Zealanders, 17 year old Brittany Trilford, has had the privilege to speak at the conference by winning the “Date With History” competition.
I would like you to consider, please, how much is different in these two speeches. As Brittany has said, nothing has changed; in fact, the situation grows worse. A NZ Herald article shows that the decisions being made right now, as we speak, at Rio de Janerio, are nothing more than more empty promises, that contain “… absolutely nothing there for people and the planet,” (Daniel Mittler, political director of Greenpeace International). Let us hope that this will change, and solid progress will be heard about in the next two days. I believe that if enough awareness is raised, and influential figures swayed, maybe this year governments will finally do something about the looming problems of Earth. So please, if you are reading this, post a blog, or a tweet, or update your profile and say something about what you think the future should hold for us. It’s not that hard, and it will make all the difference in the world. Because if you are reading this, or know what is happening in Brazil right now, then you are in the position to exert control over the future, by raising your voice and having your say about your future. Please, I ask again, do so.
Let’s call me Lily
To find out more about the conference, click here.
To enter the Goi Peace Foundation essay competition about creating “The Future We Want”, click here.