Revisit the impassioned plea of 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the 1992 Earth Summit, a forewarning that set the stage for today's youth-led environmental movements and the ongoing global dialogue on climate change.
Youth Environmentalist Calls for Action at Earth Summit in 1992 - Visionary, Urgent, Timeless
This visionary documentary revisits the poignant moment when 12-year-old youth activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki stood before world leaders at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and delivered a powerful plea for environmental action. Decades before the emergence of figures like Greta Thunberg, Cullis-Suzuki's speech underscored the urgent need for cohesive global efforts to address environmental degradation. The film contextualizes her address with the significant outcomes of the Earth Summit, such as the establishment of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biodiversity, and the Rio Principles for Sustainable Development. Severn's words, "You grown-ups say you love us, but I challenge you: please, make your actions reflect your words," echo through the years, emphasizing the personal responsibility of each individual, beyond their professional roles, in fostering a sustainable future. This documentary serves as a timely reminder of the enduring relevance of Severn's message as the world continues to confront the escalating climate crisis.