その言葉は言霊となり 人々の強い感動を呼び 世界中をかけめぐりました。
あなたがたも よい解決法なんて もっていないっていうことを。
学校で いや 幼稚園でさえ あなたがた大人は私たちに
Hello, I'm Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. - The Environmental
We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying
to make a
difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me.
all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you
must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I
fighting for my future.
Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on
market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.
I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the
cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying
this planet because they have nowhere left to go. We cannot afford
to be not
I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the
ozone. I am
afraid to breathe the air because I don't know what chemicals are in
I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years
found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals and
going extinct every day - vanishing forever.
In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals,
and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if
even exist for my children to see.
Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my
this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all
we want and all the solutions.
I'm only a child and I don't have all the solutions, but I want you
realize, neither do you!
You don't know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don't
to bring salmon back up a dead stream. You don't know how to bring
animal now extinct. And you can't bring back forests that once grew
there is now desert. If you don't know how to fix it, please stop
Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people,
reporters or politicians - but really you are mothers and fathers,
and sister, aunts and uncles - and all of you are somebody's child.
I'm only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five
strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same
water and soil - borders and governments will never change that.
I'm only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should
one single world towards one single goal. In my anger, I am not
in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel.
In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and
away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even
have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth,
afraid to share.
In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water
shelter - we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.
Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time
some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told
us: "I wish I was
rich and if I were, I would give all the street children
shelter and love and affection."
If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why
who have everything still so greedy? I can't stop thinking that
children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you
born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas
of Rio; I could
be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East
beggar in India.
I'm only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent
ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful
this earth would be!
At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the
world. You teach
・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 the things you tell us not to do?
Do not forget why you're attending these conferences, who you're
for - we are your own children.
You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents
able to comfort their children by saying "everything's going to be
"we're doing the best we can" and "it's not the end of the world".
But I don't think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on
of priorities? My father always says "You are what you do, not what
Well, what you do makes me cry at night. you grown ups say you love
challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words.
Thank you for listening.