This speech is still a classic. It is by the environmentalist Severn Suzuki. In 1992 when she gave this speech she was twelve years old. Environmentalism runs in her family. Her father is David Suzuki but that should not taken away from her sincere and powerful message. What she said can be plainly seen by all with their own eyes, and heard with their own ears. Her father brought her up to see and hear these things.
And it is a message still relevant today, if not more.
The movie based on Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is coming out soon.
It’s a shame we are moving towards a world which spends more time “watching” books than reading them.
Here are a few more titles which I like a lot – Farewell to Shady Glade and The Little House. Both stories are tales of the encroaching human world upon the nature we depend upon for survival. But sadly both books seems to be saying the only solution is to find another place to live, far from humans. What happens when the world becomes too crowded (like it is now) and we have no more places to run to, to take refuge in?
James Lovelock said that while the earth’s future was utterly uncertain, mankind was not aware it had “pulled the trigger” on global warming as it built its civilizations.
The human species is but a bit-player in the long story of the planet Earth. What we do affects little of the overall narrative. But nonetheless we have unwittingly pulled the trigger and shot ourselves in the foot. So enjoy the rest of your life because that is all you can really do. Enjoy it even if you have to limp for the rest of the time.