Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Girl Who Silenced the World
At the age of 13, Severn Cullis-Suzuki spoke at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her comments are still powerful nearly 20 years later.
She told the delegates of a visit with street children living in one of the city's poorest favelas. "'I wish I was rich,'" she quoted one homeless child as saying. "'And if I was, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter and love and affection.'" She looked out over the gathering of representatives from around the world and asked, "If a child who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy?"
Posted by Kathleen Bauer at 12:06 PM