Importance of Natural Resources

Young kid talk about the environment in Canada

Hello, I’m Severn Suzuki speaking for Ecco the environmental children’s organization We’re a group of 12 and 13 year olds trying to make a difference Vanessa Suttie Morgan Geisler Michelle Quigg and me We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves To come five thousand miles to tell you adults. You must change your ways. 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 and 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 And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct everyday vanishing forever 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 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 know I want you to realize neither do you you? Don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up in a dead stream You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct and you can’t bring back the forest that once grew where there is now a 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 politicians But really your mothers and fathers sisters and brothers Aunts and uncles and all of you are someone’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 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 In my anger I am NOT blind and in my fear, I’m not afraid of telling the world how I feel In my country, we make so much waste we buy and throw away 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 share we are afraid to let go of some of our wealth In Canada, we live the privileged life with plenty of food water and shelter We have watches bicycles computers and television sets the list could go on for two days Two days ago here in Brazil. We were shocked when we spent time with some children living on the streets 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 medicines shelter and love and affection if A child on the streets who has nothing is willing to share Why are we who have everything still so greedy? I? Can’t stop thinking that these are children my own age That it makes a tremendous difference where you are born that I could be one of those children living in the favelas of Rio I could be a child starving in Somalia or A victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India? I Am only a child yet. I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers ending poverty and finding treaties what a wonderful place this earth would be At school even in kindergarten you teach us how to behave in the world you teach us to 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 that 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 a world we are growing up in Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying everything’s going to be alright It’s not the end of the world and we’re and we’re doing the best we can But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore Are we even on your list of priorities? 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. Thank you

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