29 June 2008

Severn Suzuki Address to UN Conference on Environment and Development 1992

Teenager speaks for future generations before the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992.

There are some choice quotes from this youngster's 6 minute speech, check it out:


Here are a couple of quotes:

"I am only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, and finding treaties what a wonderful place this Earth would be." – Severn Suzuki

"At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us to not fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share - not be greedy: then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?"Severn Suzuki

[June 30, 2008: ...a "team of scientists has shown in recent months that the peril is global, concluding that all but two of 21 species of open-ocean sharks and their cousins, the rays, are facing the risk of extinction. Another found that the decline of sharks at the top of the food chain is disrupting marine ecosystems around the globe."
source: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/29/AR2008062901783_pf.html
"The Defense Department, the nation's biggest polluter, is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases where the EPA says dumped chemicals pose "imminent and substantial" dangers to public health and the environment.

The Pentagon has also declined to sign agreements required by law that cover 12 other military sites on the Superfund list of the most polluted places in the country. The contracts would spell out a remediation plan, set schedules, and allow the EPA to oversee the work and assess penalties if milestones are missed.

... source: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/29/AR2008062901977_pf.html \June 30, 2008]

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