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Severn Suzuki Unifies World Vision for Sustainable Future at Rio+Social





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Published on Jun 20, 2012
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, an environmental activist, spoke to the world at Rio+Social, delivering a crowdsourced vision for a sustainable future. The speech was formulated through the "6-Minute Speech Project," a platform for a worldwide dialogue around the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, in support of the UN's theme of "The Future We Want." The project empowered people all over the world to submit their vision of a more sustainable future. The globally crowdsourced speech reflects the collective hopes and visions for a better world.

Rio+Social, held on the eve of the historic Rio+20 Summit, was a global, online conversation among corporate and digital media leaders, civil society, celebrities, and government representatives to share solutions for pressing global challenges such as access to energy, affordable health care, a clean and safe environment, and education. The United Nations Foundation, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, Ericsson, Energias de Portugal (EDP), LiveAD, Planeta Sustentável, Virgin Unite, and United Postcode Lotteries, convened individuals from all walks of life and countries around the world both in person and online through Rio+Social.

The concept for the 6-Minute Speech comes from a speech given at the original 1992 Earth Summit in which Cullis-Suzuki, who at 12 years old expressed her concerns and hopes for the future of our planet and future generations. In her remarks, she called on leaders at the Summit to act on the world's environmental and sustainability problems of the time.

Twenty years later, Cullis-Suzuki again spoke out in Rio, delivering a speech at Rio+Social on June 19, 2012, based on the hopes for the future of people around the globe.


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