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Warum arbeiten wir am Klimaschutz

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Am Abend nachdem ich Al Gore's Film gesehen habe, ging ich zum Bett meiner Kinder, und war zutiefst erschuettert bei dem Gedanken, welch unsichere Zukunft sie haben, ganz ohne ihr Verschulden.  Mir war klar, dass es unverantwortlich gegenueber meinen Kindern ist, nicht alles zu tun, was ich kann, um die Ursachen des Klimawandels (also Treibhausgas-Emissionen) so schnell wie moeglich zu minimieren.  Die unten wiedergegebene Rede einer 12-jaehrigen Kanadiern von 1992 ist erschuetternd und motivierend zugleich.  Wenn wir unsere Kinder lieb haben, dann folgt daraus dass wir eine Verantwortung haben, uns fuer den Klima- und Naturschutz so stark wie moeglich einzusetzten. Und zwar heute, nicht wenn wir Zeit dafuer haben. Zeit hat keiner.



Editor's note: The following is the transcript of the speech that Severn Suzuki gave to the Plenary Session at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio Centro, Brazil. Severn was twelve years old. SASS feels there is no better example of a young person standing up and speaking on behalf of something in which they truly believe, for the betterment of themselves and the world around them.



Hello, I'm Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. - The Environmental

Children's Organisation.


We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to

make a difference:

Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We raised all

the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you

must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I

am fighting for my future.

Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on

the stock market. 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 am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet

because they have nowhere left to go. We cannot afford to be not


I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the

ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don't know what

chemicals are in it.

I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years

ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals

and plants going exinct every day -- vanishing forever.

In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals,

jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterfilies, but now I

wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.

Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?

All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have

all the time we want and all the solutions. I'm only a child and I

don't have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do



        *       You don't know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.

        *       You don't know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream.

        *       You don't know how to bring back an animal now extinct.

        *       And you can't bring back forests that once grew where

there is now desert.

If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!


Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people,

organisers, reporters or poiticians - but really you are mothers and

fathers, brothers and sister, aunts and uncles - and all of you are

somebody's child.

I'm only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion

strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same

air, water and soil -- borders and governments will never change that.


I'm only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should

act as one single world towards one single goal.

In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell

the world how I feel.

In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and

throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy.

Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our

wealth, afraid to share.

In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water

and shelter -- we have watches, bicycles, computers and television


Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time

with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child

told us: "I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the

street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and


If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why

are we who have everyting still so greedy?

I can't stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a

tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of

those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child

starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar

in India.

I'm only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent

on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful

place this earth would be!

At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world.

You teach us:

        *       not to 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?


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. Parents should be able to comfort

their children by saying "everyting's going to be alright" , "we're

doing the best we can" and "it's not the end of the world".

But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your

list of priorities? My father always says "You are what you do, not

what you say."


Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown ups say you love

us. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words.

Thank you for listening



Severn Cullis-Suzuki has been active in environmental and social

justice work ever since kindergarten. She was twelve years old when

she gave this speech, and she received a standing ovation. Now 23,

Cullis-Suzuki spearheads The SkyFish Project and continues to speak

to schools and corporations, and at many conferences and

international meetings. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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