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.



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


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

About School:

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.…/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 “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 ( ), 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.
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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!

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