Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki and writer Tara Cullis, has been active in environmental and social justice since she was a child. At the age of 9, Severn started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO). A small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues.
In 1992, at the age of 12, she raised enough money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The aim: to remind the decision-makers of who their actions or inactions ultimately affect. Severn closed a Plenary Session at the Earth Summit with a powerful speech to the political representatives, receiving a standing ovation.
In 1993 Severn received the United Nations Environment Program‘s Global 500 Roll of Honor. She also had a 32page book published that year by Doubleday, Tell the World (ISBN 0-385-25422-9), on environmental steps for families.
In the spring of 2002, Severn and some friends founded The Skyfish Project – an Internet-based think tank, that unfortunately ended because of founders’ personal reasons, back in 2004.
Today, she is is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation, and is well-known for her work as a writer, speaker and television host.
Sixteen years on, and what has been done? Not near enough!…
“…it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I can’t sleep
because my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the earth was unraveling?”
David Suzuki Foundation http://www.davidsuzuki.org
Full transcript of Severn’s ‘The Young Can’t Wait’ speech at the Democracy NOW! website
Building a Just Society, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rights-and-freedoms/023021-1300-e.html