(Video) Severn Cullis-Suzuki: I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I’m here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
(Video) SCS: I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in our ozone. I’m afraid to breathe the air, because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my dad, until just a few years ago, we found the fish full of cancers.
SCS: A generation ago, I was that 12-year-old child. In 1992, I had five minutes to speak to the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. My friends and I had started an environmental club, and we’d traveled to this huge international meeting about environment and development to tell the adults they had to change their ways. That same year 1,700 scientists would issue the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity to tell us that humans and the natural world were on a collision course.
Much like Greta Thunberg and her peers today, we believed that decision-makers should be acting on science and facts. And the facts were telling us that we were headed for ecological collapse.
(Video) SCS: All this is happening before our eyes, and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions.
SCS: Back then, climate change had been identified, but we had yet to really feel it. Today, almost 30 years later, climate change is no longer a prediction. It is here, and it happened far faster than even the experts predicted. We did not stop it. Today the work that we must do is about mitigation, trying to limit how bad it gets.