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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 184
Themes: activists, environmentalism, Severn Suzuki
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2014
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"We raised all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways." So began Severn Suzuki's speech to the international delegates at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro. Only twelve years old, she was the only child given the chance to speak at the conference, and the media—and the world—took notice. Then-United States vice-president Al Gore said, "That was the best speech I heard all week!"

As the daughter of environmentalist David Suzuki, Severn had the unique opportunity to travel and see the effects of environmental destruction. She went to Rio to represent ECO, the Environmental Children's Organization, a group she started with three friends. Now, more than twenty years later, the video of her speech continues to receive thousands of hits on YouTube. Severn's story is about the power that children have to creat change when they work together and how their voices can stand out above the cynicism of adults.

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"Readable and accessible, and it communicates a vital message: not only that kids can accomplish a great deal when they work together, but that it's important for kids to be passionate about the Earth and social justice for the sake of their own futures."
CM Magazine
"Wilson captures the fun and laughter of the girls that she writes about, and their determination to do what they can to make the world a better place. Through skilfully crafted dialogue, the reader becomes present as the girls discuss their club’s initiatives, manufacture gecko pins for sale, and in Brazil, share laughs at the dental-floss like outfits that pass as swimwear. The inclusion of relevant photographs and reproductions of selections from ECO newsletters adds to the sense of immediacy that the book conveys. The epilogue is a welcome addition that briefly tells the situation of the main characters today, more than twenty years following the tumultuous year that culminated in attendance and addresses at the 1992 Earth Summit. Highly Recommended."


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