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  • (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.

  • In 2015, in Paris, the world agreed

  • to limit the planet's warming to one and a half degrees Celsius,

  • as beyond that would pose too great a threat to human life.

  • To meet this,

  • we will have to cut our global emissions by half in the next 10 years.

  • (Video) SCS: I'm only a child and I don't have all the solutions,

  • but I want you to realize neither do you.

  • SCS: Young people are always at the frontlines of any revolution.

  • And it's young people who ask me,

  • "What did your speech actually do?

  • Why didn't the delegates actually listen?"

  • Well, looking back,

  • I think that the delegates of the conference actually did listen,

  • not just to me,

  • but to the thousands of voices calling for change.

  • If you look at the declarations, the documents that came out of Rio,

  • they are radical.

  • They include the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change

  • set up to stabilize

  • greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere

  • and prevent dangerous interference with the climate system.

  • Twenty-three years before the Paris Agreement,

  • 154 countries signed this legally binding international agreement.

  • (Video) SCS: 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.

  • SCS: So, why didn't the world take action?

  • Instead, governments focused on growing the economy,

  • on business interests

  • and of course, winning the next election.

  • It shows a crisis in human governance,

  • where our political systems make it impossible

  • to act in long-term interests for the people and future generations.

  • Today it's 2020.

  • Again we have the momentum.

  • We have the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth's warming.

  • We have youth and social justice demands.

  • We have calls for divestment.

  • We have calls for climate emergencies.

  • We have the science, we have the solutions

  • and we all are experiencing climate change.

  • We are at a moment parallel to Rio.

  • Now is the time to take action.

  • (Video) SCS: If you don't know how to fix it,

  • please stop breaking it.

  • SCS: How do we ensure that this time we act on our words?

  • History has shown us that in moments of crisis,

  • society can truly transform.

  • We've seen this in times of war,

  • in times of economic collapse and in times of disease.

  • Today, we live in the time of COVID-19.

  • We've seen governments and institutions across all sectors

  • working quickly, working together.

  • Humans like to think that we're in control of everything,

  • but we have been reminded today

  • that the laws of nature are the true bottom line.

  • We've been reminded that science and expertise are crucial to our survival.

  • COVID-19 has shone a light on inequity

  • and revealed our prejudiced infrastructures.

  • It is a warning.

  • If we don't listen, if we don't change,

  • next time could be far worse.

  • (Video) SCS: My dad 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, but I challenge you,

  • please, make your actions reflect your words.

  • SCS: That last sentence summarizes my entire speech at Rio.

  • Please, make your actions reflect your words.

  • Today, I'm a mother, I have two little boys.

  • Parents, I'm speaking to you.

  • Our generation is determining the lives of our children.

  • We have 10 years where we can still make a difference.

  • We have 10 years to cut our emissions by half.

  • The way to truly love our children

  • is to make our actions reflect our words.

  • Now it's time to get to work.

  • Thank you.

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