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Words from the past reach out to the future.

October 22, 2010

Severn Suzuki and some friends started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO) at age 9. When she was 12, her organization raised enough money to travel to Rio de Janeiro, where she stood up for her beliefs, speaking in front of world delegates at the 1992 UN Earth Summit.

Severn stood up for what she loved.

18 years have passed since that day, and when we listen to this child speaking so passionately about the state of the world and of humanity as a whole, it makes us wonder if we (all of us) are doing enough.

Severn took a step toward making the world a better place. Some of her efforts have made a huge impact. Some have come and gone. People have applauded her efforts and many have ridiculed her as well. The point is she took a first step toward standing up for what she loves, no matter what others thought. Then she took another step, then another, and now, at 31, she is still working toward achieving that vision of a better world.

Because that’s what matters to her.

I don’t know about you, but that was the kick in the pants we needed to bring us back to responsibility consciousness. Today, we’re reminding ourselves what our role is in creating a more positive world for our kids.

18 years ago a child spoke words that eventually reached out to inspire others in the future.

Amazing, isn’t it?

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