Severn Cullis-Suzuki(at Rio+20 2012) – WOMAN of ACTION™

 

 

A Celebration of Women™

is very pleased to Celebrate the Life of this absolutely amazing soul that was destined from 16 years of age to contribute to positive change in our World. This Life is a wonderful message to all Little Women, to find a way, take action and speak out loud. Mothers, teach Your Daughters as this Tribute comes over 10 years later, allow us to prove that all one’s actions get noticed and are the creation of one’s own Immortality….through only the Power of Love in Caring enough to ACT.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born 30 November 1979 in Vancouver, Canada) is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. She has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility.

  

WOMAN of ACTION™

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

A human activist long before she grew into a woman; and her work lives on forever,

inspiring our youth and women to Take Action!

 

Cullis-Suzuki was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada.

For the family: The Suzukis gather for a group photo in the mountains of Dharamsala in northern India. From left: David Suzuki, daughters Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, and wife, Dr. Tara Cullis. COURTESY OF DAVID SUZUKI

Her mother is writer Dr.Tara Elizabeth Cullis.

Words of warning: Environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, a third-generation Japanese-Canadian, has mixed feelings for his ancestral home and sharp words for Japan regarding, especially, the exploitation of natural resources and the need for the country to take a leadership role in clean energy. COURTESY OF DAVID SUZUKI

PHOTOS: JAPAN TIMES. Great Article: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20090425a1.html

Her father, geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, is a second-generation Japanese Canadian.

About School: tennyson.vsb.bc.ca/About.html

While attending Lord Tennyson Elementary School in French Immersion, at the age of nine,

she founded the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group of children dedicated to learning and teaching other youngsters about environmental issues.

www.geog.psu.edu/…/globalsummits/rio.html

 

In 1992, at the age of 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates.

In 1993, she was honoured in the United Nations Environment Programme‘s Global 500 Roll of Honour.

In 1993, Doubleday published her book Tell the World (ISBN 0-385-25422-9), a 32-page book of environmental steps for families.

 

Cullis-Suzuki graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a B.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

 

After Yale, Cullis-Suzuki spent two years travelling. Cullis-Suzuki co-hosted Suzuki’s Nature Quest, a children’s television series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2002.

 

In early 2002, she helped launch an Internet-based think tank called The Skyfish Project.

 

As a member of Kofi Annan‘s Special Advisory Panel, she and members of the Skyfish Project brought their first project, a pledge called the “Recognition of Responsibility”, to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002.

 

The Skyfish Project disbanded in 2004 as Cullis-Suzuki turned her focus back to school and enrolled in a graduate course in the University of Victoria to study ‘ethnobotany’ under Nancy Turner.

 

Severn Cullis-Suzuki speaking at the University of Alberta Myer Horowitz Theatre, as part of the 2006 Revolutionary Speakers Series. * Photo Above, WOMAN of ACTION.

 

In 2010, French DJ Laurent Wolf sampled Cullis-Suzuki’s 1992 Earth Summit speech for the track “2012: Not the End of the World“.

 

ACTION CANADA

Action Canada “promotes the kind of idealism that I’ve believed in my whole life,” says Severn, who has been active in environmental and social justice work since kindergarten. “It gives me hope for our national and academic institutions.” Born and raised in Vancouver, Severn began public speaking at age 12 with an internationally acclaimed speech at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

She continues to speak her mind publicly and frequently on personal values and individual responsibility for global social and environmental issues. She earned a BSc in biology at Yale and began an MSc in ethnobotany this year at the University of Victoria. A recipient of the UN Environmental Program’s Global 500 Award, Severn has served on the UN’s Earth Charter Commission and on Kofi Annan’s Special Advisory Panel for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. She also co-founded the Skyfish Project (www.skyfishproject.org ), an Internet based think tank that encourages youth to speak out for their future and adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

 

1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

The video has since become a viral hit, popularly known as:

“The Girl Who Silenced the World for 6 Minutes”.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki Keynote Address

In this lecture, she discusses her personal evolution as an environmentalist as well as reminding us that we have become so ‘disconnected’ from the natural world — that unequivocally sustains us — that our arrogance and ignorance has put us on the brink of planetary disaster. She provokes us to consider our individual consumptive impact on the planet and to explore ways to reduce our personal ecological footprint.
© 2006 Lazarus Productions, VIDEO ONLINE ONLY

Lazarus Productions
Cameras/Sound/Editing: Steve Poole
Executive Producer: C.U.P.E. B.C.


Watch a “Parenting with Passion” tip from Severn Cullis Suzuki IN 2009.






Severn Suzuki gives a wonderful follow up twenty years after her famous speech at Rio Earth Summit. What have we changed in twenty years?


 

A Celebration of Women™

 

 

sends our Positive Energy and Salutes this Woman

who started Taking Action as a Girl of 9 years old…

speaking out at the tender age of 12!

 

 

 

 

 

Godspeed to Your Work!

A Celebration of Women

Comments

  1. Dear Dr.Cullis Suzuki,

    Are you married?

    Thanks,
    Ram

  2. Luca Esposito says:

    Hi Sevren

    I’m luca from Naples, italy. I’m a researcher in cancer biology field and I work in the Prof. Antonio Giordano from SHRO in Philadelphia.
    I’m writing you becuse Prof. Giordano is interested to know you. Actually Prof. Giordano is engaged in a study about incidence of tumors in Campania, in the south italy. He published a book….” campania terra di veleni”. Last year he sponsored a Master degree entitled Cancer and Environment, based at Oncology Research Center in Mercogliano (crom) were he is the scientific board president.
    It would be an honor for us to have you here in Italy to talk about you and your projects.
    Thank’s
    LE

  3. I loved the 1980’s series that David Suzuki hosted.
    I remember a particular episode featuring the bay of Fundy…Beautiful!
    That accolade was my “soft sale”

    I was disappointed to hear Ms. Cullis-suzuki’s reply to a member
    of the audience following one of these appeals.
    Previous generations have had their burdens, saving the planet belongs to hers.
    If the young people today expect help, or should I say demand help, from my generation
    or previous generations; they are going to fail, and we’ll all go down together.

    The young ones have attempted to end this illegal war, and disrupt Wall street…
    Save the planet? Come on!
    Show us something besides lots of talking, and you’ll get the support from all age groups
    that’s how movements happen.

    Waiting to be impressed, inspired and of service
    D

  4. Dear Severn, it is amazing to me that I write you today to ask you to join us for in the same appeal you first spoke about so eloquently in 1992.

    I invite you to go to our website read our appeal to Mrs. Obama and join us. We have in the White perhaps someone who may hear our plea if only we can get

    her attention. Our campaign is to speak for the children who cannot vote or make public policy as you have done!

    With best regards,

    Angela Monti Fox
    Founder of The Mothers Project
    Mother of Josh Fox Creator of GASLAND

  5. BIZ BIZ, YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME !

    THANK YOU SOO MUCH. IM SO GLAD I CAME ACROSS YOU , TOTALLY BY CHANCE BUT AT THE PERFECT TIME! YOU HAVE CONNECTED WITH ME AND ITS TIME FOR ME TO CONNECT WITH YOU AND OUR AMAZING WORLD AND LIFE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK AND TRUE DEDICATION TO LIFE.

    THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING SELFISH AND FOR BEING SO SELF AWARE TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THEREFORE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE ALL DO AND ARE SO IGNORANT TO IT.

    THANK YOU FOR OPENING MY EYES AND MY MIND TO LIFE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT AS A HUMAN INTELEGENT RACE THAT HAVE THE POWER TO ALTER SOMEONES LIFE MILLIONS OF MILES AWAY FOR GOOD AND BAD .

    I ONLY WANT TO HELP US AND EVERYONE I DONT WANT TO CONTINUE BEING IGNORANT AND POWERLESS. YOU HAVE OPENED MY KNOWLEGDE TO MY POWER AND ROLE IN THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR NATURAL WORLD BUT EQUALLY AS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE BEAUTY OF OUR WORLD. THANK YOU SO MUCH XXX

  6. Dr.R.Edison Chandraseelan says:

    SEVERN SUZUKI IS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE FOR “TEACH TO PRACTICE:: PRACTICE TO TEACH”

  7. Hello Dr. cullis-suzuki,

    I was wondering if you could please give me some information about yourself by my e-mail because I am doing a project on you for international womens day. I need to hand in my project on february 29th and I really need some more facts about you. Thank you for your time.

  8. SARAH NOLAN MIRALLES says:

    YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME ! THANK YOU SOO MUCH. IM SO GLAD I CAME ACROSS YOU , TOTALLY BY CHANCE BUT AT THE PERFECT TIME! YOU HAVE CONNECTED WITH ME AND ITS TIME FOR ME TO CONNECT WITH YOU AND OUR AMAZING WORLD AND LIFE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK AND TRUE DEDICATION TO LIFE. THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING SELFISH AND FOR BEING SO SELF AWARE TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THEREFORE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE ALL DO AND ARE SO IGNORANT TO IT. THANK YOU FOR OPENING MY EYES AND MY MIND TO LIFE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT AS A HUMAN INTELEGENT RACE THAT HAVE THE POWER TO ALTER SOMEONES LIFE MILLIONS OF MILES AWAY FOR GOOD AND BAD . I ONLY WANT TO HELP US AND EVEERYONE I DONT WANT TO CONTINUE BEING IGNORANT AND POWERLESS. YOU HAVE OPENED MY KNOWLEGDE TO MY POWER AND ROLE IN THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR NATURAL WORLD BUT EQUALLY AS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE BEAUTY OF OUR WORLD. THANK YOU SO MUCH XXX

  9. I have no words to express what I feel now after listning to your speeches. Congrats

  10. You are an amazing young lady i am blessed to know you are Canadian, and your video
    was so on the money back then i am just embarassed at adults for not listening to you
    and your friends

    thanks so much for being you
    Queen of Peace
    Cherie
    Vancouver BC

  11. Team Celebration says:

    Here is a speak that Severn, as an adult, gave in 2011. You decide what her message is today. LINK: http://girlsactionfoundation.ca/files/vervegirl.pdf

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