The amazing moment when one little girl silenced the world for 5 minutes

The year 1992 was a significant year in the ensuing battle to protect the environment. Ecological activists got a shot in the warm to deliver speeches at the very first UN Conference on Climate change in Rio, Brazil. But, more than the conference, one incident made a huge impact on leaders around the world.


That was the year when one little girl silenced the world for 5 minutes with a heart rending speech on environmental protection.

1 A little 12 year old girl travels to Rio earth summit

Severn Cullis Suzuki from Canada, daughter of David Suzuki was just 12 years old in 1992. With mature values at that tender age, she raised money through Eco and travelled herself to attend the first world earth summit in Rio. When she took the podium to speak, she delivered a short but powerful speech that shook leaders and made the world sit up and listen. That one little girl silenced the world for 5 minutes.


The girl’s short speech was flawless. She delivered it with the grace and poignancy of a world leader no less calling upon adults to educate children and cultivating values in respect of the environment. Alone, she defined roles for climate activists and negotiators. Her voice rang sharp and true and was heard by millions.

Severn Cullis Suzuki from Canada

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2 Back in Rio in 2012

Severn Cullis Suzuki is now 36 years old but at 13 she became one of the youngest authors to publish a book on ecological preservation. Her book Tell the World is just 32 pages long teaches families how to protect the environment. Suzuki went on to graduate from Yale with a BS in ecology and evolutionary biology. Today she is a well known environmental activist and is an active council member of the Earth Charter. The little girl who silenced the world returned back to the spotlight in 2012 where she delivered her second speech in Rio’s +20 earth summit.

Back in Rio in 2012

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3 Watch the video of her remarkable moment

Severn Cullis Suzuki will always be remembered as the girl who silenced the world. As an adult she once again showed proved her mettle as a true activist for the environment. We definitely need such likeminded thinking as her words below will reflect to save this planet from extinction.

“As a 12-year old girl, I flew to the Summit from Canada to remind world leaders of what was truly at stake: the future of my generation and of all future generations to come. I said to them, “Do not forget why you’re attending these conferences, who you’re doing this for — we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in”.

Watch Severn Cullis Suzuki’s brilliant speech as a 12 year old in Rio earth summit 1992.


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