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  • In 1992, I was 12 years old,

  • and I had the opportunity to speak to the United Nations plenary session

  • of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

  • I remember that moment very clearly. I think it's burned into my memory.

  • I remember just such a clear sense of purpose.

  • Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda.

  • I am fighting for my future.

  • If you look at the video, you can tell how focused everyone was.

  • People were really moved, even the security guards

  • were really paying attention. So it was amazing.

  • 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.

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

  • jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies.

  • But now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.

  • Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age?

  • In this last spike of media attention that I've received,

  • I have constantly been compared and asked to reflect on Greta Thunberg,

  • which is a huge honour for me.

  • I think she's just this incredible young warrior,

  • she's just taking it on,

  • on this whole other level because she's a child of the 21st Century.

  • And so the way she's using her Instagram, the way she has really

  • catalysed a movement - I think is totally incredible and it's really

  • specific to her moment and who she is at this time.

  • But I also really always am kind of taken aback, because there have been

  • so many youth activists before me, after me, before Greta,

  • and who will continue to come up. Young people are always the people

  • calling for social revolution, historically.

  • Adults have been beaten down, "Well, we know that actually if we

  • wanted to create change, well we'd have to do this, that and the other."

  • There's so many reasons that we know of why things can't change.

  • Those take us away from thinking about the bigger picture.

  • And that's what youth have to offer.

  • All they see is possibility.

  • And right now with this huge,

  • colossal existential challenge that humanity has,

  • we have to harness that attitude of possible rather than impossible.

  • I'm only a child and I don't have all the solutions.

  • But I want you to realise, neither do you.

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

  • Back in 1992, climate change was on the horizon and it was identified

  • as going to happen - but it was on the horizon.

  • And today, it is here.

  • Climate change, I think, is the most quintessential example of

  • intergenerational crime or intergenerational injustice

  • that we have.

  • If we don't end pumping tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere

  • we will have in a very short order a planet that is not habitable,

  • or not habitable to comfortable human life.

  • So we have to essentially, everyone all hands on deck,

  • focus on how we can, in our own sphere of influence,

  • in our own skill set, in our own industry,

  • we have to become experts for how to get off carbon.

  • And luckily, we have all the answers.

  • Now we just have to do it and we have to do it now.

  • My favourite line of the speech. which I believe can sum up

  • the entire speech, is in the last sentences or in the last sentence,

  • which is simply...

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

  • Thank you.

  • "I ask you to make your actions reflect your words."

  • And that really sums up what I think the young people today are,

  • and in past times, are asking of our older generations in power.

  • Young people are simply asking adults to be who they say they are

  • and to make their actions reflect their words.

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In 1992, I was 12 years old,


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セヴァン・カリス=スズキ:世界を救おうとした子供...1992年|BBCアイデア (Severn Cullis-Suzuki: The child who tried to save the world... in 1992 | BBC Ideas)

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