United Nations conference on environment and development
Rio de Janeiro 3-14 June 1992
Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future.
I am here to speak for all generations to come.
I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct, every day, vanishing forever. All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions.
You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.
You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream.
You don’t know how to bring back an animal, now extinct.
And you can’t bring back the forests that once grew where there is now a desert.
If you don’t know how to fix it, please, stop breaking it.
I am only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.
If a child on the streets who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy.
I am only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war were spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, and finding treaties, what a wonderful place this Earth would be.
At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us how to behave in the world. You teach us: not to fight with others; to work things out; to respect others; to clean up our mess; not to hurt other creatures; to share, not be greedy.
Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?
You are deciding what kind of a world we are growing up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying: “Everything’s going to be alright,” “It’s not the end of the world,” and “We’re doing the best we can.” But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities?
My dad always says, “You are what you do, not what you say.”
Well, what you do makes me cry at night.
You grown-ups say you love us, but I challenge you, please: make your actions reflect your words.
The video clip and the text above are an extract from the final scene from ‘Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb’:
Many thanks to:
Peter Sinclair – Greenman Studios
David Suzuki – David Suzuki Foundation
Dr. Guy McPherson – Professor Emeritus University of Arizona
Pauline Schneider – Filmmaker
Dr. Richard Somerville – Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Severn Cullis-Suzuki – Activist
Thom Hartmann – “The Man”
Dr. Natalia Shakhova – International Arctic Research Center
Nick Breeze – Filmmaker
Dr. James Hansen – NASA (Ret.)
Dr. Alun Hubbard – Aberystwyth University
Dr. Marco Tedesco – NOAA
James Balog – Filmmaker “Chasing Ice”
Dr. Peter Wadhams – University of Cambridge
David Wasdell – Apollo-Gaia Project
Omar Cabrera – Methanetracker.org
Lester R. Brown – Earth Policy Institute
Dr. Richard Milne – University of Edinburgh
Dan Miller – A REALLY Inconvenient Truth
Dr. Charles Miller – NASA JPL
Dr. Kevin Schaefer – USNSIDC
Dr. Jason Box – GEUS
Ben Abbott – University of Alaska
John Tyndall – Tyndall Centre
Uli Hamacher – Filmmaker
Dr. Igor Semiletov – International Arctic Research Center
Dr. Richard Alley – Penn State University
and all the others who made this film possible…