Severn Suzuki: The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes
The landmark “I am only a child” speech by 12-year-old Severn Suzuki, delivered at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, here in its entirety. Stunning…and saddening.
In 2002, Severn wrote in Time Magazine: “Now, a decade from Rio, after I’ve sat through many more conferences, I’m not sure what has been accomplished. My confidence in the people in power and in the power of an individual’s voice to reach them has been deeply shaken.”
Twenty years on and with glacial progress on so many fronts, I wonder what she would tell her 12-year-old self now?
In this beautifully animated clip from Dirt! The Movie, Wangari Maathai tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly interminable odds.
RIP Wangari Maathai. I was blessed enough to work (as an intern) with a company that funded her work. Amazing woman.
I definitely needed to see this today.
Greenpeace destroys GM wheat | ABC News
Seriously, Greenpeace? Fuck you.
Greenpeace protesters have broken into a CSIRO experimental farm in Canberra to destroy a crop of genetically modified wheat.
Greenpeace says it has taken action because of concerns over health, cross-contamination and the secrecy surrounding the experiments.
The wheat’s genes have been modified to lower the glycemic index and increase fibre to create a product which will improve bowel health and increase nutritional value.
CSIRO chief director of Plant Industries Jeremy Burdon says it is a setback to an important global food security program.
Light goes out on bid to save old-style bulbs | SMH
And you thought we had problems? -_-
A Republican campaign to repeal of a 2007 law promoting environmentally efficient lighting has gone down in defeat.
Republicans cast the 2007 measure, which was signed into law by George Bush, as an affront to its inventor, Thomas Edison.
In their view encouraging the adoption of energy-efficient lightbulbs was yet another example of government overreach by Barack Obama.