This video is one that has made it across the internet a few times, but I am still touched, hurt and angered by what is being said. This young girl, at the tender age of 12, understood the Earth's problems long before they became mainstream. I do remember learning about endangered species in elementary school - I am only three years older than her - but most of what she says shows a level of maturity that goes beyond the perception most of us had at that age.
Her father is Dr. David Suzuki, a well-known marine biologist in Canada, who long before becoming an environmentalist, studied marine wildlife and hosted the well-known program, A Nature of Things. The environment became an important part of his life because of his scientific research since he saw firsthand the damage done to sea life.
David never forced his daughter to become what she is today, nor to write the speech that has inspired nations for decades. Having learned from example, Severn was inspired by a role-model who is determined, just and compassionate. The anger she expresses is well-directed and from a justifiable source.
I invite you to watch this video and comment on how you feel about what she says - things that are still such important issues across the globe. Her passion is contagious.
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